Happy Birthday, Ganesha!

The elephant God Ganesha brings the letter G
Celebrate his birthday on Chaturthi
Ten days of festivity, a colorful procession!
His idols are immersed at sea, on the day of Visarjan

As we launch ‘Celebrate Your Name,’ we are excited to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi (also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi)! This ten day Hindu festival marks the birthday of the lovable Lord Ganesh who is also widely worshipped for auspicious beginnings. Celebrated all over India, Lord Ganesh is prayed to as the lord of beginnings and the remover of obstacles.

Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi will be observed throughout India, beginning this year on August 29th. Special prayers, devotional chanting and singing are performed for all 10 days. Delicious sweets are prepared and distributed on this joyous occasion. Months ahead of the festival, skilled artisans prepare eco-friendly clay models of Lord Ganesh, to be installed in homes and temporary structures (pandals) all over the country. The size of these models vary from ¾ of an inch to over 70 feet! After ten days of prayers, singing and lots of sweets, on the 11th day, the statues are taken through the streets in a procession with great fanfare, to be immersed in a river or the sea. Let us know in the comments below how you will celebrate this festival in your home this year!

Sources

  • “Ganesh Chaturthi.” BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 10 Aug. 2014.
  • Raushenbush, Paul Brandeis. “Ganesh Chaturthi 2013: Hindus Celebrate Birthday Of Lord Ganesh For Auspicious Beginnings (PHOTOS) (VIDEOS).” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 09 Sept. 2013. Web. 10 Aug. 2014.

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