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Global Diversity Awareness Highlighting Navaratri Festival

October 15

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

Navaratri is a Hindu festival that spans nine nights and is celebrated every year in the autumn in the honor of the divine feminine (Durga).

Each state in India has its own way of celebrating Navarathri based on regional history mythological stories. The eastern part of India celebrates with grand display of Goddess Durga and women spread sindhoora on face as a ritual. In the western part of India, Navarathri is completed only with the traditional dance called Garba where both men women dress up in traditional attire and dance whole heartedly in order to satisfy and worship Durga. Likewise the southern part of India especially in Karnataka, it is celebrated as Dasara, where the small idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari is carried in a world-famous Golden palanquin on a well-trained and exquisitely decorated elephant. Mysore palace decorated in lights is world renowned attraction. Golu is display of small dolls arranged in a theme which is the most common tradition in southern India.

In all cases, the common theme is the battle and victory of good over evil.

This event is an opportunity to raise awareness about these festivals and the Hindu 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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