How the world celebrates India's Most Loved Festival-Ganesha Chaturthi

India is a land of many gods and goddesses. But few are celebrated with the same pomp and fervour as Ganesha. Not only the Indian sub-continent, but the world now is in love with the elephant god of India and celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi with huge excitement. Look at how these 5 countries celebrate the Elephant god on his special day .


We’ll start at the place where it all began. India is known for its diversity and the number of festivals celebrated each year. Ganesh Chaturthi is one such festival celebrated since the1600s. What earlier started in one state of India is now a countrywide celebration.


Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with full excitement in this diverse country.Ganesha is known as Phra Phikanet (พระพิฆเนศ), and is worshipped as the deity of fortune and success, and the remover of obstacles. It is a 10-day long festival in the country.
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Japan, a land that’s quite fond of Lord Ganesha. Here he is worshipped as ‘Kangiten’ and has 243 shrines dedicated to him. The celebrations of the community, although quite limited, is still done with a lot of pomp.


The Indian Hindu community in the US is quite prominent and they celebrate the festival with a lot of gusto. The idols are imported from India and the traditional puja dance and everything else is celebrated on a large scale overseas.
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Although Hinduism is considered a minority here, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated by the Indian Hindu community of the UAE. Traditions are followed, processions are held, and the immersion of the idol is followed. Indians in the UAE hire abras (large boats) where they can go ahead and participate in the idol immersion at sea.

The countries mentioned above are few, however, the festival is celebrated in other countries such as Australia, Nepal, Malaysia, South Africa and even Europe. Each has a unique take on it, but the vibrancy and observance of traditions across lands remains unchanged.

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