Saturday, 22 August 2009

Hindu Carnival in Mumbai

Every country has their own way to celebrate their cultural festivals. There are carnivals held in Goa, Canary Islands, Caribbean Island, Brazil, where they have music, dance and people are dressed in beautiful fancy clothes, but have you Hindu carnival in Mumbai?

Yeah! I just saw one right now, this carnival was in the honor of bringing Lord Ganesha to their home as a chief guest.

Ganesh Chatturti is the local festival of Mumbai and is celebrated with much pomp and show. Large groups of people, dressed in traditional Maharashtra clothes parade on the streets with music and dance and some of them singing beautiful, heart rendering hymns…

It is a moment not to be missed if you are in Mumbai. The traditional dance of lazims and garba is seen common amongst women who are dressed in bright ethnic clothes.

The musical sounds reverberate till late at night announcing the arrival of their favorite Idol.

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