Community

What the Independence Day means for a tech company

Throughout the world, there are about 175 countries that would celebrate their Independence Day. The dates may differ for each country but an Independence Day is a day to commemorate the rich history of a country’s victory and to remember the sacrifice of its forefathers or those who have fought against all odds for the country’s independence nevertheless. Truly, a country’s Independence Day is a meaningful celebration and at Forest Interactive, our technology company is a team that comes from 23 countries and counting!

One of our tradition at Forest Interactive is that we celebrate each of our colleagues’ Independence Day throughout the year. Yes, all 23 different nationalities! We believe in celebrating the joyous occasion together as we consider ourselves as one big family and we would not want our colleagues who are away from their home country to feel homesick as well. So, whenever there’s an Independence Day, we would exchange our free lunch menu with the celebrated country’s top local dish instead and we would also gather around to play a traditional game from that country.

Our Independence Day celebration is all about making our bond stronger and it also reflects our connected diverse workforce. And the month of August is an exciting one for us as we are celebrating more than one Independence Day. We took the chance to interview some of our colleagues to represent their country and let’s see what they’ve got to say!

Meet our Mama Jyothi from India

Our Mama Jyothi from India

What’s the pet name that your colleagues call you by at Forest Interactive?       

My colleagues call me by my name Jyothi but my teammates who are very close to me call me “Mama Jyothi” because I am the only mother on the team.

What do you do at Forest Interactive?

I am a Senior Software Developer, working on Content Provider Access with our telco partners.

What does the Independence Day of your country mean to you?

Independence Day is annually celebrated on 15th August as a national holiday in India commemorating the nation’s independence from the United Kingdom on 15th August 1947. India is my homeland and where I grew up that has made me who I am today, all this wouldn’t be possible without the sacrifice made by our forefathers so for me, the Independence Day symbolizes the freedom that they have fought for.

How do you celebrate it? Any traditions?

Usually, everyone would decorate their houses with the flag and decorations that follow our flag colors. On the day, people would often gather together for the flag hoisting and to sing the national anthem (Jana Gana Mana) in the morning. And we would have small fun games for the children as well and it won’t be a complete celebration if there’s no sharing of sweet traditional delicacies!

Any quote you would like to share about your country?

Unity in diversity.

And this is Inez from Indonesia

Meet Inez!

What’s the pet name that your colleagues call you by at Forest Interactive?

Haha, so far just the same as my name, Inez.

What do you do at Forest Interactive?

I’m doing Digital Marketing to promote our Value Added Solutions services. One of the projects that I’m working on right now is for our customizable HTML 5 games portal, Gamvento 😀

What does the Independence Day of your country mean to you?

It’s one of the most significant milestones that will not be forgotten by any Indonesians, where our warriors struggled for centuries to fight off the invaders who came to our beloved country. 17th August 1945 marked the peak of that struggle and the legal source of the establishment of the Unitary Republic of Indonesia or the Republic of Indonesia, which extends from Sabang to Merauke. For me, the Independence Day is a reminder to have courage with a firm determination to fight for what you believe in.

How do you celebrate it? Any traditions?

Normally we would celebrate it with the flag hoisting ceremony and end it with some playful events such as eating keripik (chips) together or playing traditional games like Panjat Pinang (pole climbing), Lompat Karung (gunny sack race), or Tarik Tambang (tug of war) to name a few.

Any quote you would like to share about your country? (i.e: Indonesia in my heart, Indonesia forever etc)

Merah darahku, putih tulangku! Itulah Indonesiaku” which means red is my blood, white is my bone! That is my Indonesia.❤ (Because our flag is red and white in color!)

Also, meet Zohaib Malik from Pakistan

Meet Zohaib or we call him Malik!

What’s the pet name that your colleagues call you by at Forest Interactive?

Usually, people call me by my last name “Malik”.

What do you do at Forest Interactive?

I am a Unity developer, which includes working on mobile games for all the platforms having elements of AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality).

What does the Independence Day of your country mean to you?

It is a day of blessing, which came to be from the great sacrifice of our ancestors, so for me, the Independence Day is an honorable remembrance to their sacrifice.

How do you celebrate it? Any traditions?

First, it would be a public holiday for us. Second, a lot of people would decorate their houses with hundreds of small-flags inside their houses and some of them would put flags on top of the rooftop of their car or houses. Then we’d also cook sweets (Halwa) for the celebration. Additionally, we would have the national songs playing all over the local streets to get people’s attention and to have a bit of fun. Other than that, we usually stay out the whole day to celebrate with family and friends.

Any quote you would like to share about your country?

Compromise for your dream, but never compromise on your dream – Imran Khan.

Last but not least, meet Islah from Afghanistan

This is Islah from Afghanistan

What’s the pet name that your colleagues call you by at Forest Interactive?

So far I am called by my first name which is Islah.

What do you do at Forest Interactive?

I am currently doing my internship in the area of web development.

What does the National Day of your country mean to you?

It’s a day of pride to me and every Afghan. It reminds me of how our ancestors fought in unity and gained the honor that comes with the creation of a united independent nation that holds a common meaning for every citizen, which is that we all need to work together for prosperity of our country and once again prove that Afghans are united as one nation that cannot be divided.

How do you celebrate it? Any traditions?

On this day, every citizen recalls the memory of the terrific struggle of their ancestors to fight back the intruders. The country pays tribute to them devoting this day in their memory. Different types of cultural events are usually organized like small carnivals or get together where every citizen can be together to celebrate. We also have sports events and other local events such as Afghan national dance which is called “Attan” being organized to spread a feeling of cheer and grace among the people of the nations.

Any quote you would like to share about your country?

A line from our national anthem – In the chest of Asia, it will remain its heart forever.

Forest Interactive wishes Happy Independence Day to Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, and Pakistan!

P.s.  We can’t wait to celebrate Malaysia Independence Day too at the end of this month! Keep track of our company stories and celebrations live on our Facebook and Instagram!

Share :
Tags : Corporate ResponsibilityForest Interactiveindependence daytech
Ana Rahman

The author Ana Rahman

Ana is a Senior Corporate PR at Forest Interactive. When she is not busy writing about the telco industry, you can find her guilty of being a shameless self-proclaimed secret virtuoso that wishes she can time travel and witness the masterpiece creations of all the great historical composers especially Tchaikovsky.

Leave a Response