Ganesh chaturti is a day on which Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees. It is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi in Sanskrit, ok ok. that was wikipedia. let me have my say.
Ganesh chaturti is a traditional festivals for most of the people having indian root. The celebrating started long long long ago.. :P, really long ago… cnt tell the date.. i guess you guessed. Tonight all the mandir of mauritius will be “housefull” and prayers will be said whole night! its gna be a beautiful evening! I myself have to get ready in one hour. Im musician, i’ve to go play tabla in the mandir closeby. 🙂
Proud to be Mauritian! :
Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations Outside of India
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in the UK by the migrant Hindu population as well as the large amount of Indians residing there. The Hindu culture and Heritage Society, UK – a Southall based organisation celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi for the first time in London in 2005 at The Vishwa Hindu Temple. The Idol was immersed in the river Thames at Putney Pier.
The festival is similarly celebrated in many locations across the world. The Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA, an organisation of Hindus based in the US organises many such events to mark the various Hindu festivals.
Celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi in Mauritius dated back to 1896. The first Ganesh Chaturthi Puja was held at the epth of the 7,Cascades Valley in Henrietta by the Bhiwajee family who is still celebrating this pious festival for more than a century.
Over the years the festival gained such popularity on the island that Mauritian government has attributed a public holiday for that day.
looks like wikipedia knows a lot!
Happy Birthday Ganeshji..
Enjoy your public holiday Mauritius. make the most out of this pious day!