Joy of Giving Week – Dubai

Every year in Dubai we celebrate the festive season (our favorite time of the year) with a week full of kindness events and activities. It’s a joyful lead up to Christmas that creates a merry merry mood for all of us in the city!

Our first event was called ‘Music under the stars’ where we got together to share joy through music. It started with a few carols and then went full throttle into a popular Indian game called Antakshari, which is kind of like a ‘sing-off’. It was tons of fun with us going down memory lane with popular old songs, singing our hearts away. Among the group were a few quiet ones, just there to listen and it was so great to watch them join in and sing along too! We were pleasantly surprised by Karoona aunty and Nedkant uncle, yoga teachers from India visiting Dubai, joining us for the evening. Aunty  hosted a laughter yoga session which had us running around in fits of laughter and uncle offered us a yoga class which became our spontaneous second event!

This one was very different from anything we’ve ever hosted before. We gathered in our tracks,  with our yoga mats, under a clear sky at Zabeel park. For an hour we stretched and relaxed, listening to the patient instructions that uncle and aunty delivered. We were collectively amazed by their strength, flexibility and commitment to teach people a practice that improves health and well-being. It was a beautiful hour that ended with a deep feeling of gratitude towards these two amazing people for giving so generously of their time, presence and wisdom. They wrapped each of us in a hug, the kind that really makes you feel loved and we returned to our homes feeling rejuvenated.

Our last event was Letter Earthlings. It was a quiet evening, with just a few of us but the kind where we each enjoyed the silence and the space to write out Christmas cards to our loved ones around the world.

The end of the year has been a beautiful time for all of us across the world. We hope that you have enjoyed it too. Here’s to greeting another amazing year in high spirits!

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