Westmead maternity lights the way for Diwali

Divya Elango, Jyoti Singde, Simmy Raina and Dipti Desai alongside the Diwali display in the maternity ward.

Diwali celebrations have lit up the maternity ward at Westmead Hospital with colourful decorations, lanterns and cultural food on display.

Celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists, Diwali is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness.

Clinical support officer Divya Elango said that the elaborate set up inside the ward allows not only Hindu’s but the wider community to celebrate and learn about Diwali.

“It allows us to bring light not only to ourselves but to others as well,” Divya said.

“We have a lot of homemade sweets and savoury foods so everyone can enjoy and celebrate Diwali.”

Around the world, millions of people attend firework displays, prayer services and festive events in celebration of Diwali.

Clinical Support Officer Ranjini Reddy said patients and families from the maternity ward, along with staff from all over the hospital came together to celebrate the festivities on Monday.

The team at the Westmead Research and Education Network also celebrated Diwali.

“We want everyone to come together and celebrate the love and the joy we have for one another,” Ranjini said.  

“By lighting the candles, we signify that nothing is in the dark and that there is always a way. It shows that there is a path for everyone.

“Western Sydney is very multicultural, and we want to extend our celebrations to those who couldn’t celebrate at home.”