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Snehalaya Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Center Celebrates Diwali with Incredible Festive Spirit

Manjeswaram, 16/11/2023 - Snehalaya Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Center, located in the heart of Manjeswaram, was immersed in the vibrant colours and joyous celebrations of Diwali, the festival of lights, on 16/11/2023. The center witnessed a remarkable display of unity, cultural diversity, and inclusion as staff, volunteers, and the residents of Snehalaya came together to celebrate this auspicious occasion.Diwali, an ancient Hindu festival celebrated globally, signifies the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. It is an occasion that brings people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities together, fostering a sense of communal harmony and spreading happiness.Under the thoughtful guidance of the Snehalaya team, the center was festively decorated with stunning rangoli patterns, beautiful diyas (earthen lamps), and vibrant floral arrangements, all adding to the ambiance of the event. The residents, who are primarily individuals with psycho-social disabilities, actively participated in the preparations, showcasing their creativity and enthusiasm.
The celebrations commenced with a traditional prayer ceremony, accompanied by the soothing sounds of devotional music. Staff and volunteers joined the residents in lighting the ceremonial lamp, symbolizing the triumph of knowledge and wisdom over ignorance. The atmosphere was filled with positivity and an overwhelming sense of unity, reaffirming the commitment towards fostering an inclusive community.
One of the main highlights of the evening was a Magic Show byRev.Fr.Paul Sebasitan.His enchanting performance brought immense joy to our mentally ill residents, creating moments of wonder and magic that transcended their challenges. His ability to captivate and uplift speaks volumes about his talent and compassion.
Expressing his joy, Bro. Joseph Crasta, the center's director, stated, "Diwali celebrations at Snehalaya is an opportunity for us to foster a sense of belonging and empowerment. Seeing the residents actively participate and shine on this day reaffirms our belief in their potential and the importance of creating an inclusive environment."As the evening came to a close, the participants, with joyful expressions on their faces, expressed their gratitude for the inclusive environment provided by Snehalaya Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Center. The Diwali celebrations not only lit up Snehalaya but also renewed hope, acceptance, and the belief that unity and rejoicing can cut across barriers.With the success of this year's Diwali celebrations, Snehalaya Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Center has once again reaffirmed its commitment to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for its residents, allowing them to celebrate joyous occasions with dignity, self-expression, and a sense of belonging.
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