Women’s Day Celebrations – 2020
It is that happy time of the year for the women of Vindhya to come together and celebrate the womanhood. Every year, it is one of the celebrations that all of us look forward to. A day to take break from the work, at home or at office, chill out and have fun with friends. If you wish to take a walk down the memory lane and see how last year’s celebrations were, please click here.
Let’s see this year’s events and what was the surprise element, shall we? Unlike previous years, this year, we had color-coordinated week of competitions. Women painted the floors with the uniform colors, each day.
Last year, rangoli was a big hit having seen many participants. It felt like that enthusiasm grew much stronger as the turnout for this year was more than last year’s. You may feel, what’s so different or could there be anything special at all about a rangoli competition? Answer is yes. Usually it will be a one person drawing and colouring the rangoli or a team of 2 ladies, helping each other. But, this year, we had tweaked that a bit and welcomed men as the 2nd member of the team! So, ladies have to draw the rangoli and their partner must colour it as he wishes. With few rules, of course! Women shouldn’t help men with the color they choose, the way they spray/apply the color powder. Men were given full freedom to test their skills and boy! They did rock with their choices! All the rangoli looked very beautiful that judges had tough time deciding the winners!
Through this we also made a point that when men equally participate in the chores, it makes lives much easier! Sharing few shots here..
It needs no explanation, does it? As usual, there were lot of participants in both Hyderabad and Bangalore offices. While rangoli at Bangalore office had men joining the team, Hyderabad team welcomed them in for mehendi. It was guys who drew the mehendi art, for the first time! We were in for a great surprise, indeed. Also, Hyderabad team had special cake cutting arranged for the special day. the highlight of Hyderabad team celebrations is them posing with this year’s theme, “Each for Equal” ! High time we followed it, right?
One minute games
This is quite popular everywhere. One minute games are mostly played with paper cups and as a team. Organisers have arranged a 4-stage game where each stage will be played by one person from the team. After completion, another person will continue with the next stage and so on. The team that takes less time to successfully complete all the stages is the winner. It was fun to watch how something that looks easy to do, something as simple as flipping a paper cup and making it stand upside down, seemed very difficult when it was actually done. It wasn’t as easy a task to do as it looked. Imagine how tough other stages would have been had this flipping activity was only stage-2!! Truly difficult and bravo, many teams emerged winners completing all the stages within the stipulated time frame.
Miss Vindhya Contest
This is a new entrant of the year. This will remind you of the famous Miss India, Miss World, Miss Universe contests where beauty, smile, intelligence, presence of mind and many other qualities are considered as selection criteria. But, for Vindhya, the only selection criterion is and will always be, the “attitude”. So, it was an open contest that had titles such as Miss Inclusive, Miss Inspirational, Miss Approachable, Miss Supportive and Miss Energetic for other employees to nominate their women colleagues who seemed deserving for winning the titles.
From the nominees, final four were chosen and were crowned the titles on the main day.
Miss Inclusive – Ms. Shivamma
Miss Inspirational – Ms. Vaishali
Miss Approachable – Ms. Chandralekha
Miss Energetic – Ms. Rashiamma
Miss Supportive – Ms. Kuppamma
Want to know what made them win the titles? That will make for the next post. Soon.
The Main day, March 11th
Event started at 4.30 pm and ladies, all decked up beautifully in yellow, thronged the place with much excitement. A sea of yellow that was! Celebrations began with welcoming the crowd and walking them through the past women’s day celebrations at Vindhya and why it is important to celebrate the special day. Many might have been part of more than 3 to 4 women’s day celebrations, but, there were plenty of new comers in the crowd as well. Should they not know how grandly it is celebrated every year?! Hence, the walk through using pictures taken during previous celebrations.
It was followed by devotional song sung by our own talented singers, a team of visually impaired people. As they sang, Ms. Pavithra was joined by few to light the lamp marking the beginning of the event.
String of entertainment
Audience was entertained by solo/group singing and dancing that was well choreographed and much enjoyed. Claps and whistles stood testimony to that. Hit songs were chosen for dance to ensure audience had great fun.
Here comes the most awaited part. Announcement of winners and the prizes. Managers gave the gifts and certificates to the winners of mehendi, rangoli competitions. Winners of the special one, Miss Vindhya Contest, were announced and crowned with a sash that carried the title that they have won. Through this, everyone got to know why being inclusive, supportive, inspirational, and approachable is very important and is the need of the hour to have an equal and inclusive work environment.
Similarly, in Hyderabad office, the winners received surprise gifts from their colleagues applauding their efforts.
Chief guest Speech
Ms. Pavithra, chief guest, thanked all for enthusiastically participating in all the competitions, adhering to the color code each day, and nominating their colleagues for the Miss Vindhya contest titles. It shows how eagerly they wait for this time of the year.
Group dance and pictures, happy selfies marked ending of this year’s women’s day celebrations!! Can’t wait for 2021!!
On the other note, please take necessary precautions and stay safe!! #COVID-19
This post was written by manasa balaji