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Ganesh Chaturthi 2020

Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi is a Hindu festival which marks the birthday of the elephant-headed God, Lord Ganesha. The 10-day-long festivities commence on this day with the installation of an idol of Lord Ganesha and end with its immersion in a water body. The festival starts on the 4th day and concludes on the 14th day of the Hindu month of Bhadra. In 2020, Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations will commence on 22nd August and end with Ganpati Visarjan on 01st September.

Ganesh Chaturthi History and Significance

Ganesh Chaturthi History and Significance

Ganesh Chaturthi 2020 | Ganesh Chaturthi History and Significance

There are no official records or texts that talk about the exact origin of Ganesh Chaturthi festival. But it is estimated that the founder of Maratha Empire, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj began celebrating it during 1630-1680 as Lord Ganesha was the Kuldevata or family God of the Peshwas. After the fall of the Peshwas, the celebrations became a family affair in Maharashtra.

The freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak revived this festival in 1893 and transformed it from an annual domestic celebration to a large public event. At a time when the British government banned social and political assemblies in India, the celebration provoked patriotic sentiments and reunited people from all castes and communities against the colonial rule.

Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations across India

Ganesh Chaturthi 2020 | Celebrations across India

Ganesh Chaturthi 2020 | Celebrations across India

Celebrations for this festival begin months in advance with the preparation of idols of Lord Ganesha. On the day of the festival, the idols are placed in homes or elaborately decorated pandals for next 10 days. The celebrations begin with Pranapratishtha – a ritual to infuse God into the statue, followed by Shhodashopachara which involves 16 ways of paying tribute to the idol. During this ritual, people offer jaggery, modakas, red flowers, coconut and durva to the God and recite Vedic hymns.

On the 11th day, the idol is taken to a water body for immersion amidst a procession of dancing and singing. Uttarpuja is conducted at the site and final offerings are made to the Lord before Visarjan. The ritual symbolises that Lord Ganesha is going back to his home after staying as a guest and taking away with him all the obstacles that man faces.

People keep fast on this day and vigil in the honour of Lord Ganesha who is considered as the God of New Beginnings, Success, Wisdom and Remover of Obstacles. Along with worshipping Lord Ganesha, people make and distribute sweets, especially modakas.

Places to Observe Ganesh Chaturthi in India

Other Holidays in August 2020

Event / Festival Day / Date Holiday Type
Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid) Sat 01-Aug-2020 Restricted Holiday
Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) Mon 03-Aug-2020 Restricted Holiday
Janmashtami (Vaishnav) Wed 12-Aug-2020 Gazetted Holiday
Independence Day Sat 15-Aug-2020 Gazetted Holiday
Parsi New Year’s Day (Nauraz) Sun 16-Aug-2020 Public Holiday
Muharram (Ashura) Sun 30-Aug-2020 Gazetted Holiday
Onam Mon 31-Aug-2020 Restricted Holiday

Year-Wise Ganesh Chaturthi Observances

YEAR DAY DATE Event/Festival
2015 Thu 17-Sep Ganesh Chaturthi
2016 Mon 5-Sep Ganesh Chaturthi
2017 Fri 25-Aug Ganesh Chaturthi
2018 Thu 13-Sep Ganesh Chaturthi
2019 Mon 2-Sep Ganesh Chaturthi
2020 Sat 22-Aug Ganesh Chaturthi
2021 Fri 10-Sep Ganesh Chaturthi
2022 Tue 30-Aug Ganesh Chaturthi
2023 Mon 18-Sep Ganesh Chaturthi
2024 Fri 6-Sep Ganesh Chaturthi
2025 Tue 26-Aug Ganesh Chaturthi
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