Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi is a popular Hindu festival, which is devoted to God Ganesh. It is an 11-day festival that commences on the fourth day of the month of Bhadrapada. Ganesh Chaturthi is majorly a national festival, which is marked with the installation of Ganesh clay idols both publicly and privately. The festival celebrates Lord Vinayaka or Ganesh as the God of new beginnings and remover of hurdles. Lord Ganesh is worshipped for prosperity and knowledge.
Ganesh Chaturthi Holidays 2018 -2019
|Ganesh Chaturthi||Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Maharastra, Orissa, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Gujarat||Thursday||13 September||2018|
|Ganesh Chaturthi Holiday||Goa||Friday||14 September|
|Ganesh Chaturthi||Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Maharastra, Orissa, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Gujarat||Monday||2 September||2019|
|Ganesh Chaturthi Holiday||Goa||Tuesday||3 September|
Ganesh Chaturthi Holidays 2020-2028
The following table outlines the schedule of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival for the next 10 years:
|Ganesh Chaturthi||22 August||Saturday||2020|
|Ganesh Chaturthi||10 September||Friday||2021|
|Ganesh Chaturthi||31 August||Wednesday||2022|
|Ganesh Chaturthi||19 September||Tuesday||2023|
|Ganesh Chaturthi||7 September||Saturday||2024|
|Ganesh Chaturthi||27 August||Wednesday||2025|
|Ganesh Chaturthi||14 September||Monday||2026|
|Ganesh Chaturthi||4 September||Saturday||2027|
|Ganesh Chaturthi||23 August||Wednesday||2028|
History Of Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh can also be known by the names Heramba, Ekadanta, Ganapati, Vinayaka and Pillaiyar. Ganesh Festival is one of the widely celebrated Hindu festivals in the country. The blessings of this God are invoked at religious ceremonies since he is the one who can all difficulties to success, especially when people are commencing a new business or an enterprise. Lord Vinayaka is known as the fortune giver and one who can assist to avoid natural calamities. He is also the patron god of traveling. Vinayaka is portrayed with an elephant’s head on a human body. According to Hindu customs, Lord Ganesh is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
How Is Ganesh Festival Celebrated?
In a few parts of India such as Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh the festival of Ganesh is celebrated for ten days. It is a public occasion. Sweets are offered. On the day of the festival, clay idols of Vinayaka are installed in homes or outdoor in decorated tents for the public to view and submit their homage. Clay idols of Ganesh are also installed by schools and colleges.
Destinations To Spend Ganesh Chaturthi Holidays 2018
The following are the top five Indian destinations to visit during Ganesh Chaturthi holidays 2018:
Mumbai: Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra, celebrates the festival of Vinayaka Chaturthi with great enthusiasm and zeal. More than 6000 idols are commissioned every year. The festival is celebrated nationally, but the maximum grandeur is witnessed in the city of Mumbai. The celebration was promoted by Shivaji, the great Maratha ruler. The popular Ganesh Pandals in the city include Lalbaugcha Raja and KhetwadiGanraj.
Pune: Pune, the cultural capital of Maharashtra, hosts one the best Vinayaka Chaturthi Celebrations in the country. The festival is the most joyful and colorful event in the cultural, religious and social life of Pune. The top five idols in Pune comprise of Kasba Ganpati, Tulsi Baug, Kesariwada Ganapathi, Guruji Talim and Jogeshwari Ganapathi.
Hyderabad: Like Pune and Mumbai, Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, is one of the popular destinations to witness the royal celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi. Kharitabad hosts one of the biggest Ganesh idols in the nation. The Ganesh Utsav Committee in Kharitabad shall install the biggest Ganesh idol.
Goa: The festival of Ganesh holds a special place in the hearts of the people of Goa, the smallest state in India. It is an event of frolic and fun. Moreover, it shall bring about a reunification of families and friends. Various merchant associations install the idols of Lord Ganesh across the state.
Ganpatipule: Ganpatipule, a small city, has a series of vantage points and beaches offering some attractive views of the sea. The Swayambhu Ganapathi Temple of Ganapatipule is renowned for its unique idol of Lord Ganapati. This temple has been the center of festivities.