Ganesh Chaturthi

Today let's celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi

hand sculpted wooden block to print on textiles at Takla Makan

It's the festival of hindu god Ganesh, who helps us overcome all obstacles and be successful in all our activities. Today is an auspicious days to think about him!

It is celebrated in India, and of course in Pondicherry, but in Paris too! The celebrations are always a delight for the eye in the area of La Chapelle!

The festival is celebrated by families at home, by people at their places of work and in public. The public celebration involves installing clay images of Ganesha in public places and group worship. At home, an appropriately-sized clay image is installed and worshipped with family and friends. At the end of the festival, the statues are immersed in a large body of water such as the sea, river or a lake, or sometimes in a water bucket (that's better for the environment!) The clay idols disintegrate over time in the water.  The devotees chant: « Ganapati bappa morya ! Mangal moorti morya ! » (« Lord Ganapati, come back to us ! You who brings us good luck, come back to us ! »

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