Members of 1199SEIU’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus (AAPIC) gathered in the penthouse of 330. W.42nd St. Oct. 30 for an evening of dance, music and food to celebrate the culture of Southern Asia. The occasion marked the Diwali holiday - the Festival of Lights - which this year falls on Nov. 10.
Hindus, Jains and Sikhs throughout South Asia celebrate the holiday. Represented at the event were cultures of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and other nations from the region. The evening’s key note speaker was Dr. Hemant Sindhu, president of 1199SEIU’s sister union SEIU’s Committee of Interns and Residents. In his remarks, Dr. Sindhu spoke of the reflective nature of this time of year and his gratitude for being able to celebrate the holiday with his union brothers and sisters.
“It’s wonderful to see everyone together like this. We used to have celebrations and then we stopped. I’m so glad we have begun them again and are celebrating our culture,” said retired RN Susheela Desai. “Diwali is a wonderful holiday of togetherness.”