Ganesh Chaturthi on September 10th is the first festival of the season and the Lord’s disciples cannot remain calm. The celebrations in Mumbai are usually huge, but given the pandemic scenario, things will be different, much like last year. Celebs talk about the festival, its meaning, the most memorable Ganpati celebration moment when they bring Ganesh idol home, and their celebration plans this year amid viral fear. Some of them who are not from Mumbai also share the experience of launching the festival in the city where the celebrations are always grand and beautiful. Continue reading:
I understand that keeping ganpati at home is a belief system and when you have strong beliefs in something it definitely turns into magic. Ganesh Chaturthi is a celebration of togetherness, we bring Ganpati home every year. And the positivity and grace that invades our lives at this time is immense. My family looks forward to celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi every year. Again this year we will do the same and I have to admit that 2021 was one of my best years with the blessing of Bappa.
I have always been an ardent fan of Lord Ganesha. As a South Bombay girl, there is a whole culture of Ganesh Chaturthi that is celebrated with a lot of fervor, happiness, love, color and laughter. Even though I’m a Parsi, I thought one fine day that I wanted Ganpati Bappa at home too, and that happened two years ago. This will be the third year we will have Ganpati at home, but due to the pandemic, the celebration will be low key. If Bappa wants he will keep coming home and we will continue with the rituals. I pray to the Lord that he will bring health, peace and a Covid-free world to all.
Ganpati is special to me as my older child was born during Ganpati. Although I’ve been in Mumbai for the past 18 years, but four years ago we were at the actor Parag Tyagi’s home during the Ganpati and my wife Nidhi told me why we don’t start celebrating the festival too. Since then, Ganpati Bappa has stayed with us two days a year. Ganpati gives us a lot of positivity and the best vibes we need in these troubled times. This year we are getting a Bal Ganpati home and he will be with us for two days. During this time I cheat on my diet and eat Modak to my heart’s content. Since last year the celebrations have been cautious and this year we will be careful again. The falls are on the rise again so we have to be careful and with all precautions we will celebrate the festival. My son is excited too as he loves the festival. He’s also a foodie. We hope and pray that Bappa will remove this Covid from our lives.
Given the pandemic, the scenario will be very different this time in Mumbai, where Ganpati is the main festival. This day is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha, who is the symbol of prosperity, wisdom and luck. The importance of this festival is that it brings a new beginning into our life. I can’t get Ganpati home, but I’m going to visit my friend’s apartment. I’m a devoted person, so I especially love the festivals panda hopping and enjoy the creativity that you get to see with the pandas in terms of decoration, theme and lighting. I wasn’t fully introduced to this festival until I came from Mumbai. The blessings of Lord Ganesha gave me wisdom and prosperity. One year in particular, I went to Pune to hear the sound of the dhol played during this festival and also witnessed the huge crowd of girls playing huge dhols. It was really fascinating.
The previously extremely large Ganpati celebration has been reduced significantly in view of the pandemic. Social distancing and adherence to protocols are more important than lavish partying. I get ganpati every year. I even paint our Murti myself and even my mom makes Mithais. But given the scenario this year, I don’t get Ganpati and also because my mother is out of town. I will celebrate it at home with a simple puja and maybe visit a friend or two of my friends who would bring Ganpati home.
I was born on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, so my family will celebrate my birthday on that day too. So I have two birthdays every year, one during Ganesh Chaturthi and the other on my date of birth. I have a lot of great memories of celebrating the festival. Ganapati is my favorite god. Whenever I am in any kind of crisis or problem I just close my eyes and pray to him and also think about Siddhivinayak and everything fits. When I was born, I actually didn’t have an ear. There was only skin but no shape and it was gray in color. When I was born, everyone said Ganesh ji came home. As I grew up, my ears took shape and they got their color too. If you look closely, my left ear is a little bigger than the right one. Ganesh Chaturthi is a very special festival for me, as I was born and raised in Mumbai. I wouldn’t be in town this year, but Bappa is always with me in my heart and in my prayers. I want to pray that everything will be normal, that people will get jobs and be happy and that we will get our Covid world back.