While the city drenched itself in the rains from the recent depression, people were seen buzzing into the markets and homes for the last minute Diwali preparations! As if the rains could stop us, right? But, somewhere lost in the cackling of the firecrackers and flashes of the exclusive deals of Diwali sales, XIMB-XUB Social Responsibility Cell did what it truly means to celebrate the festival of lights. By spreading smiles and bringing new hopes to those hearts which are just as excited this festive season!
It’s been over 7 years in a row that XIMB has been celebrating Diwali by reaching out to the differently abled children, the elderly at old age homes or the people in rehabilitation centers. This year being no exception, Diwali was celebrated at five different NGOs from more than 150 people participating in it, excluding the XIMB volunteers.
A Much Awaited Diwali for the Children at AAINA
The Social Responsibility Cell, Ximb-Xub team and volunteers visited Aaina, an NGO known to be the home of differently-abled children in Bhubaneswar.
Volunteers interacted with the inmates there and the afternoon was spent by various activities like Rangoli making, painting diyas, drawing, gobbling up sweets and decorating lights in the backyard of the place.
These children are said to be awaiting diwali each year to burst firecrackers (just like we do!) and have a great bonding time with new friends!
One could have seen the excitement of meeting new people in their eyes. Food packets and chocolates were distributed after the games and the event ended with cake cutting.
After the children, it was the time of everyone’s favourite grandparents who have taught us time and again that age is just a number in the game of life!
Visiting the SHRI KRISHNA OLD AGE HOME
These old people may have been abandoned by their children or fate, but they are still not all alone. The XIMB SRC team made a visit to this old age home this diwali to light up their lives.
Here was what seemed to be an entirely different galore for Diwali. Volunteers interacted and with them about how they used to celebrate diwali and all. Then some of them sang songs and told stories. The day ended with sweet distribution, beautiful diyas lighting the whole house and grand parents enjoying phooljhari crackers.
It was Fun and frolic this Diwali for the Children at Adruta Home
A sanctuary to forty under-privileged and orphaned children of the times, this place was soon bustling with firecrackers and cheers of the children as they participated in various competitions, followed by decorating the place for Diwali later in the evening.
And believe it or not, everybody had so much fun that no one had any idea when the afternoon passed away in all those activities! Reminds us so much about the celebrations in 2011 at Saliasahi, the first ever Diwali celebration with the underprivileged children that gained a lot of attention.
And, they didn’t forget the inmates at NEW LIFE DRUG DE-ADDICTION CENTRE
With around thirty six people residing in the drug de-addiction centre at Khordha, these are those people who haven’t given it up yet and believe in second chances. After the usual Diwali decoration roundups, the afternoon was passed in organising various exciting contests and performances, ending with the a rainy evening and setting off of flying lanterns symbolising the undying spirit of these hearts!
Diwali the day of lights is not just meant for lighting beautiful diyas and fireworks at your home. If you truly want to celebrate the festival of lights, light someone’s life up, bring smiles to their faces and you will see, along with their lives, your own soul has been lighted up too. After all, the true spirit of festivals lies in the very root of caring, right?
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*Image Credits : Social Responsibility Cell, Ximb-Xub, Bhubaneswar