Diwali Celebrations at Chester Hill 12/11/2015 By Sunila Dass

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DIWALI CELEBRATION IN CHESTER HILL DAY RESPITE – 12/11/2015

Deepawali is celebrated with new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

It is also considered and celebrated as a cultural activity as well.

This Thursday 12th November, happened to be a beautiful breezy morning and our seniors were all ready for the celebration of our major festival of lights “Deepawali”. Our event’s manager and day respite co-ordinators were early to decorate the hall with bright colours which appeared quite spectacular. Special sittings were arranged to cater for forty seniors. There was a motivation and a pinch of creativity within every individual.

As I walk in the hall I could feel the Positive Vibration with the melody of Devotional Diwali songs in Tamil, Hindi & Punjabi. Rangolies, which was prepared a week before by our seniors for this auspicious day were beautifully designed in innumerable colours, were arranged in the hall.

Ladies were dressed up in their best attractive costumes with vibrant colours and so were our men.

After the Prayer Ceremony, the sugar free sweets were served followed by morning tea with snacks. There was a brief talk on Diwali and the best of all everyone had a chance to bring the past memories of the celebration of this auspicious festival in their home town of their country, such as:- Their childhood, Teenage, Married-Life, Being Parents, Grand Parents & Great-Great Grand Parents.

There were some concerts performed by our seniors acting as celebrities from Bollywood Film Industry. This was well narrated and choreographed by another of our seniors Mrs Sushila John.

The appetizing and freshly prepared lunch with Aroma, was delivered at 1pm along with Healthy & Delicious Deserts – the seasonal fruits. We finished for the day at 2pm.

Sunila Dass

Co-ordinator

Day Respite Chester Hill

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Chester Hill Seniors outing to Sai Mandhir and Gurudwara

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It was a early day for all the seniors.The first pick up was at 7.30am and all the seniors were at Chester community centre at 9.45am. The bus was ready to leave and we left chester hill at 10 am. Our first stop was at Sai mandhir, Strathfield. We had morning tea at Sai mandhir. The pandit did a great service to all our seniors by preparing hot indian tea and snacks.Seniors had a good dharshan of Shirdi sai baba and also sang bhajans on praise of the lord. The pandit gave a small speech about Shirdi sai baba and also thanked the seniors for giving him such an opportunity to do service to them. Seniors had a lovely time at the temple. We sung bhajans in the bus and it made our mind so peaceful.

From there we left to parklea Gurudwara and we reached parklea around 12.30. All of us had a good dharshan at Gurudwara as it was mid day and not much people around. Langhar was prepared for us at the temple and we had lunch there. Few of our seniors also wanted to do service at the temple like serving food, cleaning dishes, We had seniors of different religious backgrounds but it was good to see enjoy the visit. One of our senior said ” It doesnt matter what religion you are as long as you do good and your thoughts are good”.

 

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