Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Ganpati is celebrated in Mauritius on the 26th of August. It is preceded by prayers in Hindu temples across the island that last for ten days before a grand ceremony by the beach or river. It is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha.
On the day of the festival, the idol is placed on a platform, clad in elaborate fabric and is worshipped before taken on a procession to the beach or river where it is immersed. The idol can be very impressive in size and the ceremony ends in chants, traditional dances and a cultural show. This celebration originates from the state of Maharashtra in India and it reflects the cultural ties that Indo-Mauritians have cultivated over the past century.
The scents of the thousand burning incense sticks and the enchanting dancers dressed in their traditional costumes with idols all along the beach combine to create a spectacular experience.
By: A.V-TAYER, August.2017. Mauritius
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