Ganesha Chaturthi: A Divine Celebration on 22 August 2020
Celebrations and festivals are a part of the social and cultural fabric of India. Among the religious and social customs that mark the diverse festive calendar of Indians, is a very important religious occasion – Ganesha Chaturthi celebration is about the birth of the Elephant-headed god, Ganesha. It is celebrated with much enthusiasm especially in the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka of India.
The Festival Ganesha Chaturthi is a day to invoke Ganesha, the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. On this day, devotees worship Ganesha idols, perform the aarti and offer prasad of fruits and sweets, especially modak, which is considered to be the favourite of Lord Ganesha. In several places, clay idols of Ganesha, big and small, are made months in advance and thousands of devotees take them home to worship. It is customary to immerse these idols in water once the festivities are over with a prayer requesting the god to visit his devotees again the following year.
Celebrations in USA, UK and Canada
This is one of the religious festival that is celebrated with equal fervor in India and abroad. The festival among the Indian population in UK, USA and Canada is well known. The Hindu community in London and Liverpool organise puja pandals, prayers and prasad for devotees. This festival is also popular in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia as well as in Vancouver in Canada.