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Hindu festival celebrates birth of Lord Ganesh

This week, Hindus around the world celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, honoring the religion's most memorable god. Festivities within American Hindu communities highlight the importance of fellowship for religious minorities.
Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News Modified: August 27, 2014 at 8:23 pm •  Published: August 28, 2014
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This week, Hindus around the world celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, honoring the religion's most memorable god.

The festival commemorates the birth of Ganesh, "the patron of arts and sciences (and) the deity of intellect and wisdom — identified by his elephant head," The Huffington Post reported. Participants perform special prayers and chants over a 10-day period.

"On the 11th day, devotees carry (a) Ganesh statue through the streets in a procession accompanied with dancing, singing and fanfare to be immersed in a river or the sea," The Huffington Post explained.

The story stated the celebration this year begins Friday and ends Sept. 8.

The New York Times reported on the Hindu Temple Society of North America's celebration that began Aug. 22 in Flushing, Queens, noting that more than 10,000 American Hindus are expected to attend the event that ends Sunday.

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