Heathcotes celebrate Diwali
With the ancient Hindu festival Diwali taking place last week, Heathcotes Kirby Muxloe decided to mark this important event in the Hindu calendar with celebrations at the home.
Diwali is celebrated in autumn every year and is held as a spiritual signification of 'victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair'. The festival preparations usually take place over a five day period, this year falling between the 23rd and 28th October.
Staff, service users and family from several homes gathered to enjoy a traditional feast that everyone created together, and as Diwali is also known as the 'Festival of Lights', it was only fitting to follow with a small firework display outside in the gardens.
Jackie Harris, Home Manager said, 'It was lovely to welcome people into our service to celebrate this special event; everyone really enjoyed it. It's incredibly important for us as a care provider to recognise the individual and cultural differences of people we support, as this is the first step to delivering person-centred support; it's imperative that we understand individual cultural backgrounds so that we can ensure we are able to fully meet their needs'.