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A Child’s Diary: Saee Yogesh Kokil’s Corona Lockdown Days

We are encouraging children to write diaries and share with us. We are presenting Saee Yogesh Kokil, a 13-year old girl, who lives in Pune, India. Here are her thoughts as shared by her mother (no edits, no filters):
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August 24, 2020

Festivals bring joy and fun, and much more to learn

All people in India are celebrating…This festival advances each year with the arrival of the idol of Lord Ganesha . The weather is full of excitement and enthusiasm to welcome him, as he brings prosperity, happiness, and healthy life ahead. We have a custom to make his favorite dish on his arrival which are so called MODAK. A sort steamed dumpling stuffed with grated coconut and jaggery along with poppy seeds…YUMMY!!

Nextly is the appearance of his two sisters- Jestha and Shrestha along with their baby. They are to be provided with all luxury and comfort, it’s said that they come home where they used to reside prior marriage…

We have two mouthpieces, stands and upper body. It is attached to form to a whole body of the deity. In the morning they are welcomed in our home and are provided with food, water and heavy jewellery to wear…Our mouthpieces are Ancestral, passed on from generation to generation… it’s believed that these mouthpieces change their facial expressions according to change in time from day to night. We treat them as alive individuals. But there Is lot of calmness and peace with their presence in our house.

Lastly comes the most emotional and hated part of this festival, the departure of them… The house is left with serenity and stillness . We look forward for their arrival again next year…


  1. Very nicely written…everyone miss the festival of Ganapati and Gauri…and waiting for long year…
    Ganapati Bappa Morya…

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