What is Ganesh Chaturthi?
Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed God who is the remover of obstacles.
When is it celebrated?
It is a fall festival that takes place anytime in mid-August or mid-September. The exact date is not known because this celebration is based on the lunar calendar. Each year, Hindus figure out the exact date of Ganesh Chaturthi by observing the cycles of the moon.
Why is it celebrated?
It is Ganesha’s birthday celebration! It is also to remember Lord Ganesha the remover of obstacles. He is also known as the God of beginnings and wisdom.
How is it celebrated?
It is a 10-day celebration in honor of Ganesha. On Ganesha Chaturthi, a clay-like statue is placed in your home. Ganesha is then worshipped with herbal leaves and plants and placed into water. The belief is that the water is purified once the Ganesha is placed there.
How can I teach my children about Ganesha Chaturthi?
1. Talk to children about India. Show them where India is on a map and address any questions or misconceptions they may have about India or (Asian) Indians.
2. Make connections. The book Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth provides all children with an understanding of why Ganesha is important in the Hindu culture.
3. Extend your child’s understanding by providing them with opportunities to have cross-cultural experiences by purchasing a small Ganesha for your house or their bedroom.
4. Teach children this mantra if they have problems or obstacles in their lives “Om Gum Ganapathe Namaha.” Mantras are sacred sounds that have psychological power. Mantras can help children practice mindfulness.