India is a land of religious festivals, especially for the Hindu community. Because Hindu are in the majority here, and also most of them live here. So they make sure to make all their festivals fantastic. The same enthusiasm is for Ganesh Chaturthi as it is for Holi. So let’s learn all about their similarities and differences here in this article.
Holi and Ganesh Chaturthi in 2020:
Holi will be on the 9th and 10th of March in 2020. Whereas Ganesh Chaturthi will be on August 22 that is the final day of 11 days long celebrations. Holi is a new beginning when the winter ends, and spring is here. And Ganesh Chaturthi is the celebration of the birth of Lord Ganesha. People also know this festival as Vinayaka Chaturthi, Ganeshotsav, or Vinayaka Chavithi.
Read here to know about Holi. And for Ganesh Chaturthi, read below.
Lord Ganesha is the beloved God of the Hindu community who is having the head like an elephant. He is famous for bringing prosperity and good fortune. Therefore, people gather every year on the streets and roads to celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesha. This way, Hindus welcome their Lord on earth. Celebrations continue for 11 days, and the last day is a mega celebration. That is known as Ganesh Chaturthi Visarjan.
Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations:
People make massive idols of their Lord. Communities even compete on having the best decorated and painted sculpture of Ganesha. These idols are placed in Pandals, where devotees come to shower coconut, flowers, and prasad. They also pray and praise God.
It is the final day of Ganesh Chaturthi when everyone gets out of their home and walk towards the ocean or a nearby river. During the procession, everyone sings and dances on the beats of dhol. They also pray to their Lord. Then the idol of the Lord Ganesha floats in the water, and everyone comes back home.
Similarity between Holi and Ganesh Chaturthi:
On the day of Ganesh Visarjan, people do the final pooja before they immerse the idol into the water. At that moment, they also throw colors on each other. That recalls the memory of the Holi festival, which everyone has celebrated a few months back. On this festival, people also get together and visit each other’s house. So these are a few similarities among these two famous festivals of India.
Whether it is Holi or Ganesh Chaturthi, the message is to spread love and do good to others. So we must abide by this concept so that the whole world can live in peace and enjoy every day as a festive day.