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Independence Day, one of the three National holidays in India (the other two being the Republic Day on 26 January and Mahatma Gandhi's birthday on 2 October), is observed in all Indian states and union territories. On the eve of Independence Day, the President of India delivers the "Address to the Nation". On 15 August, the Prime Minister hoists the Indian flag on the ramparts of the historical site of Red Fort in Delhi. Twenty-one gun shots are fired in honor of the solemn occasion. In his speech, the Prime Minister highlights the past year's achievements, raises important issues and calls for further development. He pays tribute to the leaders of the Indian independence movement. The Indian national anthem, "Jana Gana Mana", is sung. The speech is followed by march past of divisions of the Indian Armed Forces and paramilitary forces. Parades and pageants showcase scenes from the independence struggle and India's diverse cultural traditions. Similar events take place in state capitals where the Chief Ministers of individual states unfurl the national flag, followed by parades and pageants.
Flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural programs take place in governmental and non-governmental institutions throughout the country. Schools and colleges conduct flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural events. Major government buildings are often adorned with strings of lights. In Delhi and some other cities, kite flying adds to the occasion. National flags of different sizes are used abundantly to symbolize allegiance to the country. Citizens adorn their clothing, wristbands, cars, household accessories with replicas of the tri-color. Over a period of time, the celebration has changed emphasis from nationalism to a broader celebration of all things India.
The Indian diaspora celebrates Independence Day around the world with parades and pageants, particularly in regions with higher concentrations of Indian immigrants. In some locations, such as New York and other US cities, 15 August has become "India Day" among the diaspora and the local populace. Pageants celebrate "India Day" either on 15 August or an adjoining weekend day.
At Vaal we organize team building activities / games mostly on Patriotic themes to celebrates this day.
Navaratri (Sanskrit: नवरात्रि, literally "nine nights"), is nine nights (and ten days) Hindu festival, celebrated in the Tamil month of Purattasi every year. It is celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian subcontinent. There are two seasonal Navaratri in a year. This festival in this month is called Sharada Navaratri that is the most celebrated for Goddess Durga. The festival is associated to the prominent battle that took place between Durga and demon Mahishasura and celebrates the victory of Good over Evil. These nine days are solely dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine Avatars. Each day is associated to an incarnation of the goddess.
Day 1: Shailaputri (Arya)
Known as Pratipada, this day is associated to Shailaputri (literally "Daughter of Mountain"), an incarnation of Parvati. The color of the day is red, which depicts action and vigor.
Day 2: Brahmacharini
On Dwitiya, Goddess Brahmacharini, another incarnation of Saraswati, she is the goddess of peace and knowledge.
Day 3: Chandraghanta Tritiya It commemorates the worship of Chandraghanta - the name derived from the fact Lakshmi being the sister of Chandra adorned him on her head.
Day 4: Kushmanda Goddess Kushmanda is worshiped on Chaturthi. Believed to be the creative power of universe, Kushmanda associated to the endowment of vegetation on earth and hence, the color of the day is Green.
Day 5: Skandmata
Skandamata, the goddess worshiped on Panchami, is the mother of Skanda (or Kartikeya). The color Grey is symbolic of the transforming strength of a mother when her child is confronted with danger.
Day 6: Katyayani
Born to a sage, Katyayana, she is an incarnation of Lakshmi and is shown to exhibit courage which is symbolized by the color Orange to kill MAHISHASURA.
Day 7: Kalaratri
Considered the most ferocious form of Goddess Durga, Kalaratri is revered on Saptami. It is believed that Parvati removed her fair skin to kill the demons Sumbha and Nisumbha. The color of the day is White.
Day 8: Mahagauri
Mahagauri symbolizes intelligence and peace. The color associated to this day is Pink which depicts optimism.
Day 9: Sidhidatri
On the last day of the festival also known as Navami, people pray to Siddhidhatri. The light blue colour of the day portrays an admiration towards the nature's beauty.
Every Year at Vaal we celebrate Navratri festival by wearing “Color od Day” for all the nine days-Work days.
“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” - T.S. Eliot
It is always painful to say goodbye to a family member. Vaal and SigmaTEK India were sad to bid adieu to our employees. A time comes in everyone’s life that a take must be taken for a personal growth and must move on. A new horizon waits for them and we have no doubt they will have a very successful life ahead. We wish them all the very best for their future endeavors.
Diwali or (Deepavali) is one of the India's biggest festivals. The word 'Diwali' means rows of lighted lamps. It is a festival of lights and Hindus celebrate it with joy. During this festival, people light up their houses and shops with Diyas. They worship the Lord Ganesha for good welfare and prosperity and Goddess Lakshmi for wealth and wisdom.
At Vaal Diwali is celebrated at grand. Office is decorated colorfully. Every desk and cabin are decorated equally. Diwali is a time to be spend with families and most of our employees are not localities hence they travel to their native place. But before they spend Diwali with their actual families Vaal makes sure they have the celebration in grand with their professional family 😊 Vaal family!
Every employee dresses up traditionally and every year we held a competition and best dress male and female is voted. Every employee receives a gift from the company. Also, this is the time when we vote for “Best New Face”, all the new joinee of the year are listed in this category.
After the winners are declared all of us proceeded for company lunch. The day usually ends with informal photo shoots and everyone leaves to join their families in glee.
The game of carrom is believed to have originated from the Indian subcontinent. One carrom board with its surface made of glass is still available in one of the palaces in Patiala, India. It became very popular among the masses after World War I. State-level competitions were being held in different States of India during early part of the nineteenth century. Serious carrom tournaments may have begun in Sri Lanka in 1935 but by 1958, both India and Sri Lanka had formed official federations of carrom clubs, sponsoring tournaments and awarding prizes. The objective of play is to use a striker disk with a flick of the finger to make contact with and move lighter object disks called carrom men, which are thus propelled into one of four corner pockets. The striker and carrom men are analogous to the cue ball and object ball in cue sports, respectively.
The aim of the game is to pot (pocket) one's nine carrom men and the queen before the one's opponent does. The carrom queen is analogous to the 8 ball (black ball) in the game of eight-ball pool.
At Vaal we organize this tournament yearly. Employees are teamed randomly. This gives chance of employees from different departments to interact with each other by being team mates. Each and every employee joins to view the matches and try to help their friends’ win the game-mostly by disturbing their opponents 😊-by guiding on strategies to win the game.
We at Vaal and SigmaTEK India make the birthdays of our employees special by celebrating with everyone of our family member.
“Cakes are special. Every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember. It's all about the memories.”- Buddy Valastro. We arrange cakes and snacks for the celebration. It is also the time for having a small get together for all us. Everyone arrives and seats together having informal chats while enjoying the nibbles. Birthday celebration is held at end of every month.
“Any time women come together with a collective intention, it's a powerful thing. Whether it's sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens.” - Phylicia Rashad
Makar Sankranti is one of the few ancient Indian festivals that has been observed according to solar cycles, while most festivals are set by the lunar cycle of the lunisolar Hindu calendar. Being a festival that celebrates the solar cycle, it almost always falls on the same Gregorian date every year (January 14), except in some years when the date shifts by a day for that year. The festivities associated with Makar Sankranti are known by various names such as Maghi(preceded by Lohri) by north Indian Hindus and Sikhs, Makara Sankranti (Pedda Pandaga) in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Sukarat in central India, Magh Bihu by Assamese, and Pongal by Tamils.
It has been a tradition in Vaal and SigmaTEK India where all of our ladies come together to celebrate the festival of “Makar Sankranti” All the ladies exchange “Haldi-Kumkum” and some small gifts to celebrate this festival.