Where most of the hotels in India follow tradition of Christmas in bigger way, Sahara Star hotel Mumbai in a unique way celebrates month long Diwali festival by lighting traditional diyas (Lamps) in their lobby. The Diwali festivity began on auspicious Sharad Purnima (Kojagiri Purnima in Maharashtra) day called “Deepotsav”, on Thursday, 5th October, 2017.
On the occasion of Deepotsav many guests Indian, Foreign nationals and management team of Sahara Star hotel got together at main lobby of hotel to light the traditional lamp. A room guest from Russia namely Finakova Kseniia wearing Indian saree lit first lamp, thereafter it was followed by three German guests. The tradition followed by other guests and management team of Sahara Star hotel. Everyone present in the lobby happily participated in lighting of lamps and became a part of beginning of festivity.
Winston Gordon, a guest who participated in Deepotsav said “Let me tell you, it was an extraordinary experience. It was my baby step towards knowing your country even better by seeing lighting festival in Sahara Star hotel lobby. I am a globetrotter and have travelled many cities of India, but never seen this kind of lighting celebration allowing hotel guest to be a part of it. Indeed, I was overwhelmed to be a part of celebration. The candle souvenier which is given to me by hotel, I will preserve it life long as a treasure remembrance”.
Salil Fadnis – Deputy General Manager and Corporate Chef of Sahara Star hotel said “The main lobby will be shining traditional lamp throughout the month. We want this occasion to be very special. We want our guest from India and abroad to remember our rich history and traditions. We want to take Deepotsav to next level from year to years with our guests to spread the joy and excitement of this festive celebration”.
Salil further added “We believe in all kind of festivity whether it is a Christmas or Diwali. We celebrate all the festivals with same spirit and gesture. By celebrating month long Deepotsav, we want world to know about our festivals too, when they are staying in our hotel. Indded they will share the Indian festivity back home family and fellow countryman”.
Author: Sitaram Mewati
Award winning journalist