A Safe & Happy Ganesh 2017
Ganesh festival is one of the most loved and awaited festivals in the state of Maharashtra by young and old. The entire city of Pune comes alive with colorfully decorated pandals, festive music and street processions making it one of the most fascinating sight. The festival is celebrated with much pomp and grandeur. Year after year, every home in the city awaits to welcome Lord Ganesha with delicious sweets in their beautifully decorated homes. One of the distinctive sweets is Modak which is prepared only in Maharashtra.
The celebrations and festivities last for 10 days, this year starting from August 25. The highlight of this festival is the immersion of Ganesha’s idol or Ganesh Visarjan. Whilst immersions are conducted on several days throughout the festival, the most exciting day to attend is Anant Chatudarshi, which this year will be held on September 5.
The preparations for Ganesh Chaturthi start a lot earlier in the year, with work on the giant idols starting several months in advance and each Ganesh pandal is decorated with different themes. It is hard to find an identical Ganesh pandal as the decorations are unique and exclusive.
This year Safe Kids Foundation under its Honeywell supported ‘Safe Kids at Home’ program has held several meetings with various pandal presidents in the city to have a safe and happy Ganesh and to avert fire incidences in the city and thus to prevent burn injuries to children by following safe behaviors. In this endeavor of protecting families and preventing injuries to children, Safe Kids Foundation in collaboration with city pandals is organizing several awareness campaigns such as street plays, fire safety games/quizzes, actions songs, dramas, etc. and by distributing IEC (Information, Education, Communication) materials. Through these fun filled activities and interactive games we aim to sensitize the residents on the safe behaviors. For the first time ever in the city, some of the city pandals will be decorated with fire safety banners and standees. During festivals, there are many incidents of electrical and firecracker burns and it is imperative we safeguard ourselves with the right awareness on the precautionary measures.
When we welcome our beloved Lord Ganesh in our homes on August 25, let us pledge our support for child injury prevention by making our home a safe home. What a magnificent way to blend in the essence of the merriments by protecting ourselves and our families from all the hazards which surround us in our homes and communities.
We wish each of you a safe and happy Ganesh 2017.