The Henrikwest Care Group facilities Craigweil House, The Beachfront Home and Hospital,
and Catherine Lodge each recently had “India Day,” a day celebrating Indian culture. Complete with Indian cuisine, costume, music and choreographed dance performances, each home competed to win awards and prizes.
“Our residents were amazed with shows, music and all the colourful costumes reflecting different regions of India. Some residents wore saris and learned steps of Indian dances!”
At Craigweil House, over six staff collaborated on a group dance in the Bhangra style, a popular type of dance and music originating from the Punjab area of northern India. Even facility Manager David Halewood got in there with a surprise performance front and centre of a trio dance, delighting the residents of Craigweil House.
The India Day celebrations were held around the date of the Indian Day of Independence. The Henrikwest Care Group facilities celebrate various cultural days throughout the year for the enjoyment of residents and staff. In the past we have been transported all around the world from Egypt to the Philippines. However, this year’s India Day was different introducing the fierce competition between the facilities.
The award for the best solo performance had to go to Dipika (Health Care Assistant) at The Beachfront Home and Hospital. Her dance was described as “splendid” and “captivating.” Dipika said, “On Independence Day, dancing for my country was an immensely proud moment. The Indian song ‘Desh mera Rangeel’ indicates that is a colourful country in which every state has their own costumes, culture, languages and religion […] Unity in diversity is the strength of India.”
The team at Catherine Lodge were recognised for their extravagant decor which brought the grandeur of India right into the rest home. Colourful mandala art, stylised elephants and rich fabrics were draped on the walls creating a festive atmosphere.
Although, with such passionate efforts, it was difficult to pick an overall winner, this year the team at Craigweil House were the champions. The participation on the day made staff and residents feel involved, have fun, and share a laugh – truly great efforts all around.