The sound of joyous laugher rang through the Hiichiikok Foundation Home for Children Care recently as the children and their minders were joined by volunteers, parents and well-wishers in celebrating the Hindu festival of Deepavali.
To mark the happy occasion, Deepavali decorations festooned the Home, which is located off Jalan Ipoh in Kuala Lumpur. The children too got into the spirit of the festival by working together to complete a beautiful multi-coloured kolam at the entrance.
The Festival of Lights also served as a lesson on culture and tradition for the kids, many of whom were dressed for the occasion in colourful traditional Indian attire donated by well-wishers.
Hiichiikok Foundation manager Diana Ooi also cooked some traditional Indian delicacies for the party.
“The celebration is to teach the children of our rich culture and heritage,” said Ooi. “We want them to know about the practices of the different races living in Malaysia. We have similar events for all the major festivals in Malaysia.”
The event was especially memorable for the Hindu children in the Home, as they were able to celebrate the festival with their families who had been invited for the occasion. Also present were several senior staff from HCK Capital Group Bhd, who joined in the merry-making as everyone tucked into the delicious food. The children later had a fun-filled time playing with sparklers in the garden.
The Hiichiikok Foundation Home for Children Care was set up with the aim of creating a nurturing environment for children who are orphans, from single parent households and under-privileged backgrounds, to empower them to become contributing members of society.
Hiichiikok Foundation Home for Children Care manager Diana Ooi (back to camera) playing host to the children and their parents at the Deepavali celebrations.
Fireworks brightens up the Festival of Lights.
A delicious spread for guests at the Deepavali celebrations.
The completed artwork – the kolam that has been created by children at the Hiichiikok Foundation Home for Children Care for the Deepavali celebrations.
Children at the Hiichiikok Foundation Home for Children Care dressed in their finest clothes for the Deepavali celebrations
Children at the Hiichiikok Foundation Home for Children Care showing their artistic flair.