- Posted September 2, 2012 by
Paris, September 2, 2012: Ganesh Festival
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
For its 18th edition, at the initiative of the Manicka Sri Vinayakar Alayam Ganesh temple (the largest Hindu temple in France) the festival brought together thousands of people who followed the float housing the statue during four hours around the 18th district.
In a festive atmosphere, an endless procession of dancers, musicians and participants mingled with the public giving out offerings, sweets and soft drinks.
(*) “Ganesh Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated on the occasion of birthday of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, who is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees in the duration of this festival. It is the day Shiva declared his son Ganesha as superior to all the gods. Ganesha is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of travel.” (Wikipedia)