Celebrating Ganesh Festival in your Apartment Community

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Ganesh Festival is one of the popular festivals celebrated in India. Ganesh Festival is also known as Ganapati or Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayak Chaturthi. It is the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the God of power, wisdom, prosperity and auspiciousness. It is celebrated with pomp and spirit all over India. It is observed during the Hindu month of Bhadra i.e., Mid August to mid September.   Ganesh Festival in 2011 is on September 01, 2011.

Ganesh, the elephant God, is believed to be the God of power and wisdom. He is assumed to be very auspicious and is prayed before initiated any auspicious work. During Ganesh Festival shops or local market will fill Ganesh idols of various sizes, shapes and on different themes. Two or three weeks prior to festival, clay idols of Ganesh of different sizes and colours are made by artisans and people buy idols depending on their choices and budget.

Ganesh Festival in Apartment

The essence of any festival is to take a break from the daily monotonous and make it interesting. In apartment communities celebration of Ganesh Festival take place with great enthusiasm and devotion. You can make this Ganesh festival a memorable day or event for you and residents of apartment. Ganesh festival is an auspicious day and events are more entertainment with active participation of all apartment owners, children and residents. If you are planning an event or activity for this Ganesh Festival in your apartment, following are some useful tips.

  • Installation of idol: The Ganesh festival begins with installation of Ganesh Idol. Apartment Owners Association can collect money or fund from residents and on Ganesh festival day buy a Ganesh idol and installed on a high rise platform on a center stage where all the residents can pay their rituals. The event then starts with spiritual music and bhajans by the residents of the apartment. The pundit does all the festive rituals and residents are offered sweets/ Prasad after the festival. As today green Ganesha or eco-friendly Ganesh is mantra, ensure you are buying idol made of clay and no hazardous chemicals are used to paint.
  • Rangoli: Rangoli is a traditional Indian folk floor-art considered auspicious. It is one of the most beautiful and most pleasing art forms of India. It is symbol or custom of welcoming god or deity. The stage and the other pathways of the apartment can be decorated with Rangoli. Adults and kids of the apartment can take part in the Rangoli or floral decoration keeping Ganesh festival in mind.
  • Prasad Preparation: The most common offerings of prasad to Lord Ganesh are modaks, pedhas and coconut. In apartment communities, Ganesh Festival is an opportunity for women in apartment to come together and present homemade delicious recipe or prasad for lord Ganesh. Women who are specialized in particular sweet can take responsibility. In this way the work will be distributed among the residents and there will be enough Prasad for residents.
  • Decoration: The front projected balcony or stage can be decorated paper decoration. Kids can decorate with paper cuttings and colorful decorations. Flowers and climbers can be used to decorate the railings, stairs, and balconies.
  • Entertainment: Arrange some activities for entertainment of kids and residents of the apartment. The festival should be enjoyed with great enthusiasm. Stage shows, plays related to God’s life or story telling related to Ganesh for younger children, music and dance shows can be held.
  • Competition: Various competitions can be held in the apartment keeping the festive mood. Competitions like Fancy dress, Ek Minute, Musical Chair, Antakshari, Singing and dance competitions can be held.  For kids, drawing and painting competitions can be kept.
  • Prize Distribution: The best participants can be awarded with prizes. Attractive prizes will attract more kids and adults to participate in competitions. Consolation prize can also be announced to homemakers to encourage them to participate in games and events. Take snaps and pictures of events and make it a memorable festival before taking the idol for immersion.
  • Ganesh immersion: Ganesh festival ends with Ganesh immersion. As per tradition Ganesh immersion is performed on Anant Chathurthi Day but some people used to perform Ganesh immersion on 2nd or 3rd day, 7th day, 10th day or 15 th day. This year Anant Chathurthi Day is on September 11, 2011.

Ensure that this Ganesh Festival is environmental friendly and plan well for waste management of the offerings in the apartment. Left over flowers and materials can be compost in a community built compost pit. May this Ganesh Festival bring lots of happiness and prosperity to you and all residents in the apartment.


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