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Global Diversity Awareness – Diwali Celebration

October 28

Join the Penn State Health Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in a celebration of Diwali!

Diwali, also spelled Divali or Deepavali, honors and celebrates Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth. Diwali is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (diya or deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness.

Over the centuries, Diwali has become a national festival that is enjoyed by most Indians regardless of faith: Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs. The Hindu Diwali story has variations across India, all involving deities and demons, kings and karma. In all interpretations, one common thread rings true—the festival marks the victory of good over evil. (National Geographic).

This event is an opportunity to raise awareness about this festival and Indian culture, as well as build an inclusive culture for our patients and employees with origins in these regions.

How to Participate:

Stop by the cafeterias of your community hospital, or the common areas of your practice site, between Noon and 1:30 p.m. and between 5 and 6:30 p.m. (or while supplies last) to pick up treats and coloring pages and learn more about this celebration. Supplies are limited, so please be sure to stop down early, and don’t forget to “Check In” by scanning the QR code on the table.

Sign up for the monthly Diversity newsletter here to stay updated about this and other events hosted by the Penn State Health Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

We hope to see you there!


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