Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations

Today is Anant Chaturdashi, the last day of 10 day Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Lord Ganesh is the God of auspicious beginnings. It is celebrated at community as well as family level. One can see the preparations way before the festival. The markets are full of idols. Many organizations conduct workshops for making the idols at home with clay. People bring small idols for the ceremonies at their homes. The communities bring larger idols which are set up in pandals. We worship him by performing various ceremonies. Aarti is done in morning and evening and sweets are offered. There are fairs held at some places.

Socializing has reduced due to the pandemic. Negativity seems to be everywhere. These ceremonies bring a change to the otherwise mundane life. They give us an opportunity to meet each other. The sound of ceremonious bells and the fragrance of incense creates a positive vibe. I take this time to do a rain check on my resolutions. As the day of Anant Chaturdashi comes near, I get a feeling of sadness. The idols are immersed on this day. The sight of empty pandals reminds us that all good things must come to an end. One must be prepared for all kinds of situations. There are so many facts of life taught by the rituals of different festivals. If only we could incorporate them, life would be so much better. I wish everyone a Happy Ganesh Chaturthi. May Lord Ganesh bless everyone.

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