Is it just me, or did 2023 fly by in a blur? As we settle into 2024, let’s take a moment to reminisce about the incredible journey that was 2023. From heartwarming team celebrations to exciting milestones achieved, it was a year brimming with moments that brought us closer and filled our hearts with joy.
So, buckle up as we delve into the Year 2023 and paint a vibrant picture of our experience extraordinaire!
Holi, the Dance of the Hues
Often termed as one of the most “fun” festivals, there was nothing short of that, fun. The air was filled with vibrant colors and beautiful aromas. First, we feasted on an exuberant potluck lunch. The aroma of togetherness wafted through as everyone brought in homemade specialties to share.
From Spicy Samosas to Cheesy Nachos and Patra and Handvo to French Fries, the fusion of Desi and Videshi flavors made for some lasting memories.
And, of course, what would be Holi without a vibrant spectrum of colors, from violet all the way to red? Each shade marked a moment of shared laughter, bringing us closer together in the joyous celebration of this vibrant festival.
CSR Activity With Blind People’s Association
In 2023, as a part of our CSR activity, everyone from WPWeb infotech went to visit the Blind People’s Association and met some bright and resilient young men and women. As we interacted with them, their stories became a source of inspiration that left an indelible mark on our hearts.
Sharing a meal transcended the boundaries of communication, fostering a sense of unity and mutual respect. One of the things that we all agreed on was that richness lies not only in material abundance but in the spirit of compassion and shared humanity.
We also distributed food packets to the less fortunate with a poignant reminder that our actions, both big and small, can make a meaningful impact on the lives of others. That fueled our commitment to continue contributing to the well-being of our community.
Infinite Innov8 – The 8th Foundation Day
Every year, one of the events all our employees look forward to is the Foundation Day celebrations. So how could we forget about that?
In July 2023, we celebrated “Infinite Innov8“, a well-deserved weekend away from work and all the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Everyone looked forward to a journey of rest and rejuvenation and, of course, loads of fun.
In the early hours of day 1, we got on a bus and left for the tranquil hills and lakes of Southern Rajasthan. Destination: Karni Mahal Palace in the middle of Jaisamand Lake. I can’t describe the scenic beauty that welcomed us even if I tried. But let me try.
Green landscapes and a breathtaking lake as far as our eyes could see. As we immerse ourselves in the embrace of these surroundings, the worries of the world fade away. But let’s get back to the celebrations.
Although rain tried to play spoilsport during our pool time, we turned things around with the delectable Bhajiyas and Paneer Tikkas. Then we played everything from volleyball to tug-of-war in the swimming pool, along with a few other silly (but fun) games “invented” by our HRs.
Then, at night, the chefs cooked up a storm and served us a meal worthy of the “last supper” (of the day, at least). That became more than a dinner as everyone sat down, recounted the events of the day, and made plans for the next. Then, to end the day, there was a DJ-fueled dance party to reignite the day’s energy.
On day 2, everyone woke up, got dressed, and had their tummies filled to the brim with a hearty breakfast. And after a long-awaited photo session to capture the sweet memories, we got back into the serene waters of Jaisamand Lake on our way back home.
All in all, it was a weekend to remember, and we can’t wait for this year’s celebrations.
Navratri, the Nine Nights of Glory
In October came one of the most-awaited festivals in our homeland of Gujrat, Navratri. Nine nights of celebrations worshiping Maa Durga with Garba and Dandiya Raas.
Each day of Navratri is marked by specific rituals and customs. Along with the prayers for health, wealth, and good fortune, some of our employees even observed fasts in the devotion of the almighty.
On this occasion of the colorful festivities of Navratri, we participated in a night filled with the exhilarating tunes of Aghori Muzik and danced our hearts out. The pulsating beats of dhol drums mingled with electrifying rhythms were spine-tingling and made our feet move on our own. A night to remember indeed.
Diwali, the Festival of Lights
After Navratri, came Diwali, the biggest festival in India.
Following the traditions, we started the festivities with some beautiful rangolis. More than just decorations, they’re a vibrant canvas for creativity, tradition, and welcoming prosperity. As our team made these together, it strengthened the bonds and brought out the spirit of Diwali even further.
The next day, we started the day with a puja for Goddess Lakshmi, welcoming her blessings for prosperity and new beginnings. Eyes closed, hearts brimming with faith, we surrendered to the rhythm of the puja, wishing for peace, happiness, and a bright future.
Just when we thought the day couldn’t get any brighter, our CEO walked in, bearing gifts for all, surprising us with an unexpected joy. And laughter and murmurs filled the air as vivid anecdotes were shared and captured through the office.
A scrumptious multi-course meal with a heartfelt toast to Diwali marked the perfect ending to a perfect day.
WordCamp Ahmedabad 2023
WPWeb Infotech specializes in WordPress and everything around it. So, with great pleasure and honor, we got to participate as a Platinum Sponsor in one of the biggest events of the year in WordPress: the WordCamp Ahmedabad 2023.
Everyone around the office was excited for a month or so, and finally, the event came on December 9, 2023. From connecting with the legends in the industry to having chats with aspiring talent, along with the fun games, this event was nothing short of a success.
We had a sponsor booth and hosted a bunch of cool games, like Memory Match, Jigsaw Jumble, PicWin Fun, and WP Quiz Quest. We even gave out some goodies to the winners of these games, which made for a fantastic experience.
Talks, workshops, panels, and even casual brainstorming sessions provided opportunities to learn from experts. We exchanged ideas and discovered new ways to unleash the power of WordPress.
And the fun didn’t stop with the event as we went for the after-party in a casual setting. There, we could unwind, continue the conversations, and forge real bonds with your fellow WordPress warriors.
What a great event it was, and we can’t wait for the next one.
Christmas Embrace and New Year Beginnings
These two events bring a perfect close to every year, and we decided to celebrate them like that. Last time, we celebrated Christmas with Secret Santa. But this time, we thought, what better way to end the year than with a potluck lunch? Food is indeed a universal language.
The office buzzed with festive cheer as colleagues brought in an array of culinary delights, turning our workspace into a gastronomic haven. From savory appetizers to yummy desserts, the Potluck lunch became a testament to the diverse tastes and talents within our team.
But this was just day 1. We had also divided the team into different groups and asked them to create funny reels, which will be adjudicated for an award. That brought in a whirlwind of imaginative prowess.
The next day, when we showcased these reels, the whole office erupted in fits of laughter as there was everything from impromptu sketches to hilarious lip-syncing.
Along with the awards for the potluck and reels, we also celebrated the top employees of the year for their dedication, innovation, and hard work. Beyond the accolades, these awards embodied the values and ethos that define our workplace.
And to bring the year to a close, we went for something celebrated by every youth around the world: cheesy pizzas and mouth-watering sandwiches. As we relished the last bites of our delicious fare, it set the stage for the promise of a new and exciting chapter in the coming year.
And with that, we bid farewell to 2023, carrying with us a bond strengthened with celebrations and collaborations.
Cheers, 2023, and Welcome to 2024! Looking forward to new beginnings, new challenges, and of course, new celebrations.