As one of the biggest and most auspicious festivals in India, Diwali has a huge significance as far as workplace celebrations go. Most companies decorate the office and distribute sweets and gifts to the employees. Some even go as far as conducting ethinic day, Diwali-themed activities, a feast, the works.
Here’s a roundup of the diwali festivities at some of the Indian companies, each unique and interesting in their own way, on the last working day before Diwali.
It was Freecharge’s first Diwali in the new office, and undoubtedly the company had grand celebrations for 2 days for their 200+ employees across Mumbai and Bangalore. This included interesting activities like pottery making, pottery painting, ethnic day and special lunch. The office was decked up with bright and colourful lanterns and Diyas to add to the festive mood. An elaborate special lunch was served the office to ensure employees get a feel of home cooked food.
Jabong Gurgaon offices wore a bright and colorful look decked in traditional matkas and Rajasthani leheriya fabrics. Employees wore ethnic clothes and masked musicians serenaded people amid thumping beats of dhols. JETters were glued to tambola, tug-of-war, andantakshari, as stalls of mehndi, tarot card, tattoo, archery, and treasure hunt constantly pulled crowd the whole day.The company wished their employees with distributing chocolates, cookies, and Jabong gift vouchers.In the afternoon, Jabong lawns broke into one big dance floor as JETters swayed to the DJ’s contagious, energetic tracks. Feasts added to the richness of the fest with yummy chaat counters and an elaborate cuisine.”
Since moving into their new office, and renewed with a successful sale, Snapdeal decked up its Gurgaon-based campus, beginning right from the alleyway at the entrace . Founder Rohit Bansal and Kunal Bahl personally tweeted about the celebrations.
— Kunal Bahl (@1kunalbahl) November 9, 2015
Continuing the party spirit after its Mega Big Billion Days Success party from last week, Flipkart threw another Diwali bash at the Bangalore office aptly called the “Office Pataka Party”, which included a special menu, ethnic day and even a Dandiya arranged in the premises.
5. Sony Experia
Sony experia had various games and activities lined up for the employees, albeit with an eco-friendly angle. Most board games were fashioned out of recycled materials.
6. Times of India
Another office decided to go eco-friendly, and decorated the office with paper cup streamers and Rangoli with shredded paper.
As a company that surprises people for a living, OyeHappy arranged a special surprise for the students of Ashray Akruti, a Hyderabad-based nonprofit organization working for hearing and speech impaired children from underprivileged backgrounds. Gifts were distributed and crackers were burst at Ashray Akruti’s hostel premises in Begumpet.
8. The Glitch
This young Mumbai-based ad agency had a volley of fun activities on Diwali. The festivities included a Chaat-session, special cupcakes, and a little birdie told us there were even Sangrias and Pinacoladas to heighten the Diwali spirits!
Experiential gifting startup GiftXoxo did a theme based Diwali, and other than distributing gifts and sweets, had their employees dress up in yellow, signifying the festive glow of Diwali.
10. Ernst and Young
Deciding to give its dull-finance firm image a break, consultancy firm Ernst and Young went all out with the office decor and even had the bays named according to landmarks from the Hindu epic Ramayana.
Known for its larger-than-life festive decor and activities, decided to cut down on the pomp and adopted a cause this year. Other than a Diwali decor and special lunch menu, regular by Google’s standards, sweets were skipped in favour of dry fruits, and terracotta Diyas, made by autistic children were distributed to the 1000+ employees. The employees even made a special Google doodle out of papercups.
And finally this office didn’t limit the Diwali celebrations to office decor and sweets, but took a step further with a little dance number.