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Inclusion for All: KLA Celebrates Festive Holiday, Diwali

Nov 7, 2022 2 min read

Employees around the world were treated to Diwali festivities that included a virtual tour of a home in Delhi, India, good food, music and dancing.

Often called the “festival of lights,” Diwali is observed around the world with food, rows of ceremonial candles and firecrackers symbolizing the victory of light over darkness.

“Diwali is all about family, friends, colorful designs, lights and some really good food. Even though it is celebrated in so many different ways across the globe, the sentiment attached to the festival is the same.”

Vidhya Kameswaran, GSS learning and knowledge services and co-coordinator of KLA’s Diwali events

Diwali Festivities in Milpitas and Ann Arbor

In that spirit, employee cafeterias in Milpitas, California and Ann Arbor, Michigan served a variety of curries, soups, breads and snacks. Reflecting India’s diverse regions, the Ann Arbor cafeteria featured food from India’s north, south, east and west at the height of Diwali activities during the week of Oct. 24.

Employees in Milpitas, California (left) enjoy Diwali snacks. In Ann Arbor, Michigan, the cafeteria serves lamb curry with yogurt and bread, butter chicken and sambar, a lentil soup.

Celebrations in Taiwan, Wales and Belgium

At KLA Taiwan (below), more than 120 employees enjoyed Diwali celebrations. Employees from India based at the Hsinchu and Tainan sites shared the cultural meaning of Diwali and taught basic Hindi greetings. Employees also learned how to make temporary henna tattoos, and both locations served Indian cuisine.

The restaurant at KLA Newport in Wales also offered regional Indian dishes including southern chicken korma, tandoori fish tikka, yogurt and various chutneys, and KLA in Leuven, Belgium (right) served sweets.

Diwali Festivities from a Home in Delhi, India Livestreamed for Employees

KLA livestreamed a virtual tour of a home in Delhi decorated with traditional lamps, candles and flowers, sweets and other Diwali foods on tables.

The program included explanations about the significance of home decorations and Diwali food – and even had a cooking demonstration featuring preparation of nariyal ladoos (coconut balls). Employees also learned about the colorful rangoli designs and holiday gifts.

Celebrating the Culture with Performances from Multiple KLA Locations

Talented KLA employees got into the Diwali spirit by performing traditional and contemporary songs as well as dances.

“In India, Diwali unites different peoples, religions and cultures, so we wanted employees from the many backgrounds around the world to experience the holiday. These cultural celebrations represent how KLA employees from diverse backgrounds come to the office not only to carry out daily tasks, but also to be in an environment where we work creatively together and respect everyone in our inclusive setting.”

Sameeksha Mishra, business process analyst, Milpitas, and co-coordinator of the events

Learn more about KLA’s inclusion and diversity initiatives, and browse the careers page for the opportunities ahead for you.

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