DHHS Communications, Nov. 15, 2013
DHHS employees who trace their roots to the world’s oldest democracy hosted coworkers and Secretary Aldona Wos Nov. 15 at their annual Festival of Lights celebration, held in the Haywood Gym on the Dix Campus.
An official holiday in India, the festival is also called Diwali. It is a time of happiness and sharing. To highlight the event, brightly colored decorations adorned the walls of the gym and colored sand and dried bean artwork called rangoli was displayed on the floor to delight those who stopped and took time to look. Celebrants dressed in traditional, brightly colored clothing adding to the festive atmosphere.
In a brief welcoming ceremony emceed by Pyreddy Reddy, DHHS Chief Information Security Officer, celebrants and their guests were welcomed. Reddy welcomed Secretary Wos and then invited her to light the ceremonial candles to kick off the celebration.
Wos complimented all for their efforts and hospitality, and thanked them for sharing their culture, which she said emphasizes “family and values.”
The program concluded with singing and dancing as the first of more than 100 in attendance formed a line to enjoy traditional prepared food during the lunchtime observance.