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April 17, 2024

Paathya-Inspired Diwali Celebrations at IHCL

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The biggest and brightest festival of India, Diwali symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance and good over evil. Even as we all gear up to celebrate the joy of Diwali with our families and loved ones, there is no forgetting the celebrations with our second family – our colleagues at work.

The spirit of the festival can lead to enhanced unity and bonding, and re-energising the workplace with a focus on overall well-being and prosperity. Diwali brings in endless positivity at work along with festive enthusiasm and happiness as colleagues bring in the festivities together.

There is keen sense of excitement much before the arrival of Diwali with hotel core teams curating activities around guest experience or having activities lined up for our colleagues.  Our associates are extremely enthusiastic and eager to celebrate the upcoming festival of lights along with their colleagues at work.

And while each hotel marks its celebrations differently, what weaves the festive spirit together is the inherent need to share the joy and create a difference in the lives of all stakeholders involved.

As IHCL, community lies at the heart of all that we do and taking inspiration from our continued commitment to the community and initiatives under Paathya, IHCL’s ESG+ framework, our teams have ensures that all celebrations hold conscious sustainability and the spirit of ‘giving back’ at the heart.

Some of the initiatives are as below.

  • Coordinating with various NGO’s such as Action for Autism, AWWA, Antadrishti, Adarshjan Kalyan Samiti, Vivekanand Ashram children and Sankalp to create a supportive ecosystem by crafting avenues for them to display products such as diyas, candles and other decorative items handcrafted by the specially abled children, women help group, orphan children and support groups at the hotels’ Diwali Mela and exhibition
  • Some teams have engaged with local potters and sourced handmade traditional earthen diyas, which will be used at the hotels for painting and decoration
  • As the celebrations continue, teams will also be sharing the joy by gifting the decorated diyas to children of Akshay Pratishthan, which provides inclusive education and caters to children with disability. Hotel teams will also be celebrating the festival at the NGO through visits scheduled at their centres hosting celebratory meals and bringing a smile through fun filled activities
  • Teams across some hotels will be visiting Mobile Creches, an organization working for the rights of marginalized children to early childhood care and development. This will enable our employees to deepen their understanding of the challenges of the community at large and contribute towards sharing joy and happiness with all, in their own small way
  • Other teams will be visiting local NGOs to distribute curated treats and hampers and to spend time with the residents on the festive occasion
  • With our employees forming the core of IHCL’s culture of Tajness, IHCL believes in solidarity and standing by our employee’s side amidst adversities, thus building trust in our relationships. It aims at providing accessibility for all; thus, we also invited a women entrepreneur, the wife of an employee who we unfortunately lost last year, to set up a stall of handmade chocolates at the hotel. This was met with a lot of warmth on the part of the employees, who bought gift boxes and went on to spread the word in order to cultivate awareness and foster business growth.

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