India is all set to celebrate the beginning of spring as well as the triumph of good over evil, begins tomorrow. It is best known around the world for the powder that revelers throw on each other, leaving festival-goers coated in color by the end of the day. Every year millions of people in India, Nepal, and around the world celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi under clouds of technicolored powder. Appropriately for a festival of many colors, Holi has no singular significance. Instead, it’s tied to an array of stories from Indian mythology. One of the most popular is that of good overcoming evil in the guises of Prince Prahlad and the demon Holika.
Well, the simplest idea to start with is to have a dress code for the day. Traditionally, holi has been played wearing white dress – maybe it’s better to colour someone who is dressed in white. White T-Shirts with some funny, Holi-related slogans can be a good idea.
Bright colours always have a positive effect and boost an employee’s mood. Therefore, decorating workplaces can be a good idea to promote employee engagement. You can use some dried flowers or decorative papers to deck up employees’ workstations. And try to keep this as a surprise.
Give the regular tiffin box a miss. Ask your colleagues to prepare a dish. No office is going to be okay a raucous party with colors and loud music but who can turn down a special lunch replete with traditional eats associated with Holi? Assign a dish to every team. Thandai, Gujiya, Malpua, Dal Kachori, Dahi Bade – aren’t you itching to get to the buffet already? Save the Bhang ki Pakodi and Chutney for the after-Holi party!
The festival of Holi is a day to forgive and forget, and to try and end conflicts. Could there be a better day to make peace amongst teams and people who are at loggerheads in the office? It’s easier said than done but sending out the message may help break the ice. Over time, this will translate into better collaboration and teamwork.
Remember, a celebration does not have to be elaborate and fancy to be effective. A simple celebration or a personal statement can be your way of keeping in touch with your culture in a place where you spend most of your day, reduce homesickness and just make you happier and more confident.
Now that you know how to lend color to Holi in a colorless office, have a wonderful Holi!
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