Saturday, January 26, 2013

Our Holiday Season 2012

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Sempra offices….. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…

San Diego Event Décor had the pleasure of collaborating with Sempra Energy over the holiday season to create a vision of unity, faith and holiday spirit through diversity. Our journey to create the 12 diversity vignettes spanned many days and to 9 Sempra Energy locations across San Diego. Over 600 feet of garland and hundreds of ornaments were carefully placed alongside Christmas trees and holiday wreaths. Lobbies were transformed to incorporate beliefs from around the world including; Christianity, Buddhist philosophies, Islamic faith, Jewish traditions and Kwanzaa. What a pleasure it was to work with Sempra to honor and pay tribute to cultural beliefs from around the world.

Buddhist- Zen, Buddha, fountains, bamboo, pagodas & ornamental wooden screens. Bodhi Day (Enlightenment Day) honors the enlightenment of Siddhartha Gautama - the Buddha. Buddhists observe the importance of this day of the eighth of December. The day is observed in many ways, including prayer, meditation and teachings.

Christianity-The Nativity, Baby Jesus, the manger, Mary, Joseph & The Three Wise Men, Christmas Trees & Wreaths. Christians celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The English word "Christmas" is derived from the old English Christes maesse, meaning "Christ's mass."

Judaism- Menorah, Dreidels, Star of David & Gelt. Hanukkah or Chanukah, is also known of as the "Festival of Lights" and is celebrated for 8 days. The festival is also celebrated with prayers and hymns. The oil used in potato pancakes or doughnuts is a reminder of the miraculous oil in the Temple.

Kwanzaa- A celebration of Unity of family, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, purpose, creativity, and faith. One of the traditions of Kwanzaa is to display fruit basket on the table to symbolize a plentiful harvest, straw mats, the seven candles, the "muhindi" or ear of corn, the unity cup, and the zawadi. The zawadi are the gifts, meant to be opened during the holiday.

Islam-Koran representing Islam's sacred text, prayer mat, lanterns, crescent moons and stars. The Islamic practices are defined by the Five Pillars of Islam: faith, prayer, fasting, pilgrimage and alms.

The Diversity Trees were 14 feet tall.  Each included photos of families of each faith and how each celebrates their holiday.  The trees were a unique representation of all the Sempra employees and ethnicities across the world.  We could not be more proud to design Sempra Energy's vision of Diversity, Unity and Peace! 

Wishing you all a Happy New Year....filled with joy and prosperity for 2013!
Shirley & David
San Diego Event Décor

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