Ganesh Chaturthi or "Vinayak Chaturthi" is one of the major traditional festivals celebrated by the Hindu community. It is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). Typically the day falls sometime between August 20 and September 15. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Ananta Chaturdashi, and is traditionally celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha.
This year Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated on Friday 14th 2018.
Devotees bring a clay statue of Lord Ganesh to their home where the deity will be worshipped with daily offerings of delicacies. Morning puja or payers complete the rituals. Ganesh is dressed and bathed and taken care of like a member of the family.
After 10 days it’s time to carry the statue of Lord Ganesh to the water in colourful processions. The clay effigies will be gently immersed in the sea or river and slowly disappear. The beloved Ganesh was assigned to water which is one of the five elements of the universe. That’s why the statues are made of clay. They’ll dissolve in liquid so Ganesh can return to his element.
During the festival you’ll come across processions of devotees happily dancing and chanting on the roads. You’ll see colourful effigies of Lord Ganesh on small platforms being carried with great enthusiasm. The sound of drums, cymbals and bells fills the air. Other groups will soon join the celebrations and they’ll all walk towards the sea or river.
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