This year, Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayak Chaturthi will be celebrated on 13th September 2018.
Ganesh Chathurthi is also known as Vinayaka Chathurthi. It is an important Hindu festival which is celebrated around 10 days in the month of August and September. The festival is celebration of the elephant- headed God Ganesha’s birthday. Ganesha is the youngest son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is celebrated in the month of August or September for 10 days
Ganesha is mainly called as the Lord of arts and sciences and the deva of wisdom Heramba (obstacles remover), God of wealth and prosperity and many more. On the day beautiful handcrafted idols of the Lord are placed in homes and in public which is considered to be the most attractive factor of this celebration and also there will be worships for the 10 days. On the 11th day they performs Ganesh Visarjan i.e. on Anant Chathurthi day. Various offerings like sweets, coconuts and flowers are made to the idol during the festival. The ritual is performed in madhyanha, time around mid-day because it has believed that the Lord Ganesh born at that time.
As per tradition it is important that at certain times during Ganesh Chathurthi we should not look at the moon. The Ganesh Chathurthi is celebrated on a full moon day or on the waxing moon period, the 4th day of a lunar month. Also we should not look at the moon on a day before and after ie. on the 3rd and 5th day. On the 4th day i.e. on Ganesh Chathurthi day the moon and the earth are in such angles so the moonlight which falls on the earth is negatively charged and this is the reason why one should not see or get exposed to moonlight on this day.
Before entering into a new work the people in India always worship Lord Ganesha as per the belief that he is the remover of obstacles as well as the creator of happiness. Ganesha comes every year with lots happiness and prosperity and goes after removing all the sufferings.