RESIDENTS of a Basingstoke nursing home celebrated Diwali in style this week.
Ashcombe House in Worting had a brilliant day on Thursday, November 4, marking the start of the Hindu festival of Diwali, popularly known as the “Festival of Lights”.
The house was decorated with battery-powered candles to represent “diyas,” which are small oil lamps lit to signify the triumph of good over evil. Diwali honors Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, the lamps help Lakshmi find her way into people’s homes.
The afternoon saw an Indian dance performance with drummer in the living room of the house where residents and staff even tried out a few moves themselves! Before the duo headed out to dance in private rooms ensuring no one was left out of the celebrations, residents enjoyed moving to the sound of music alongside dancer Maria.
Nurse Anita prepared traditional Indian dishes including a range of warming curries, spicy samosas, crispy bhajis with lime pickles and chutneys, followed by traditional Indian sweets, laddoo for staff to taste and enjoy. .
Louise Lambert, Managing Director of Ashcombe, said: “Celebrating Diwali at home was fantastic, the colorful glow from the candles and lamps created a very wonderful atmosphere alongside dancing and music, everyone passed. a fantastic time.
“Our Life Enrichment Program keeps residents active and offers a daily choice of engaging physical, mental and spiritual activities tailored to residents’ interests and abilities.”