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Pancha Ganapati

The Hindu December celebration for the god Ganesha
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Queenie Sav

on 4 January 2013

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PANCHA GANAPATI History The holiday of Pancha Ganapati was first celebrated in 1985. The holiday was created by the Hindu Sat guru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. Pancha Ganapati is celebrated during the Christmas season when others are celebrating different holidays. Pancha Ganapati provides a way for Hindus to participate in the holiday season without compromising Hindu beliefs. Pancha Ganapati is the five day Hindu celebration of the winter solstice. It is celebrated from December 21-25. Sivaya Subramuniyaswami Significance The holiday of Pancha Ganapati is the celebration of the god Ganesha, the lord of joy and new beginnings. Family members try to fix past mistakes and bring the blessing of Lord Panchamukha Ganapati (a form of Ganesha) upon the household through prayer and sacrifice. The god Ganesha Rituals and Customs During the festival, families picnic, go on trips, have feasts and exchange cards and gifts with friends and family. In the main living room of a home, a shrine is created for Ganesha. In the center of the shrine, there usually sits a statue of the elephant-faced god. Each morning of Pancha Ganapati, the children of house will dress the statue in the color of the day. Dressing him different colors represent the five rays of energy that the god has. A shrine for Ganesha Food The foods eaten during Pancha Ganapati are usually sweets. The food is placed at the entrance of a shrine to mark a place of worship. After the daily puja, the food is given to the children. Some foods prepared during the holidays are vadai (a sweet, bagel-like pastry) and modaka (a sweet ball of dough that is pointed at the top). vadai Modaka Music and Dance Instead of carols and hymns that we might hear during the holiday season, Hindus celebrate Pancha Ganapati with traditional Indian music played on traditional instruments. The dances are also a style that can be dated back thousands of years. Musicians in a Pancha Ganapati concert Bibliography All information was found on the following website
http://www.hinduismtoday.com/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=5071 This Prezi was created by Gavin Baker, Julia Tark, and Savannah Lang
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