CELEBRATE FESTIVALS ONLINE
Ganesh chaturthi will be celebrated online too this time on Hike messaging app as it has launched new animated sticker packs to celebrate tomorrow’s Ganesh Chaturthi festival in India. These sticker packs will be will be available in Hike app from September 12 in Marathi, Hindi and English. Hike users can download these to wish friends and family in a fun, colourful and traditional manner during the 10-day festival, company said in a press statement.
Hike’s new animated stickers for Ganesh Chaturthi highlight the ceremonies and visarjan of this holy festival. These packs include popular phrases from Ganesh Utsav, showcase the popular Mumbai and Pune pandals, and all eight Ganpatis in Ashtavinayak in eight stickers.Users will need to navigate to the sticker store in Hike messenger’s chat option. These sticker packs are available on both Android and iOS platforms of Hike app.
GANESH CHATURTHI ?
Ganesha Chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi is the Hindu festival that reveres god Ganesha. A ten-day festival, it starts on the fourth day of Hindu luni-solar calendar month Bhadrapada, which typically falls in the months of August or September of the Gregorian calendar. The festival is marked with the installation of Ganesha clay idols privately in homes, or publicly on elaborate pandals (temporary stages). Observations include chanting of Vedic hymns and Hindu texts such as Ganapati Upanishad, prayers and vrata (fasting).Offerings and prasadam from the daily prayers, that is distributed from the pandal to the community, include sweets such as modaka believed to be a favorite of the elephant-headed deity. The festival ends on the tenth day after start, wherein the idol is carried in a public procession with music and group chanting, then immersed in a nearby body of water such as a river or ocean. In Mumbai alone, around 150,000 statues are immersed annually. thereafter the clay idol dissolves and Ganesha is believed to return to Mount Kailash to Parvati and Shiva.