Dhinchak Aamchi Mumbai’s festival to be celebrated soon….
Festivals represent the culture of the place. In case of Mumbai, the fairs and festivals depicts the multicultural nature of the city, where people from different sections and religions live amicably. Here you can see lavish celebrations of popular festivals like Holi, Diwali, Raksha Bandhan, Id-Ul-Fitr as well as Christmas. Gudi Padwa is another major occasion observed in the Commercial Capital of India. Since Mumbai has a considerable population of Parsis, the Parsi New Year is also celebrated with much enthusiasm. Some cultural festivals are basically celebrated to encourage tourism and traditional arts in the city.
It is a festival in the honour of the Snake God Shesha Nag. Snake worship is an important ritual of the Maharashtrians and on the festival of Nag Panchami, clay icons of cobras are venerated in homes. People offer sweets and milk to the snake deity. Snake charmers carry cobras in baskets and collect offerings from the public in the streets.
Narali Poornima/ Raksha Bandhan
The full moon day of the month of Shravan is celebrated in different parts of Maharashtra and is known variously as Narali Poornima, Shravani Poornima, Rakhi Poornima or Raksha Bandhan. ‘Naral’ means ‘coconut’ and Narali Poornima is thus called because offerings of coconut are made by people to the sea-god on this day. Narali Poornima also marks the advent of new fishing season and fishermen appease the sea-god before sailing out their gaily-decorated boats. The festival is a day of singing and dancing. Raksha Bandhan is also observed on this day. Sisters tie ‘rakhis’ or beautiful decorated threads on their brother’s wrists. The rituals renews the bond of affection between siblings and signifies the brother’s responsibility of protecting his sister all her life.
Pateti/ Parsi New Year
Pateti in August is the Parsee New Year, significant because it was on this day that the Shahenshahi Zoroastrian Community landed in India while migrating from Persia. The Parsees celebrate at the fire temple, and the community bonds are strengthened through feasts and meeting their friends and relatives.
The birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated on Gokul Ashtami or Janmashtami. Most devotees fast till midnight till the birth of Lord Krishna is announced. Gopal Kala-a preparation made of flattened rice and curds is prepared on this day. Another fun-filled ritual performed on this day is dahi-handi – clay pots filled with curd, puffed rice and milk are strung high up above the streets and groups of enthusiastic young men and even women form human pyramids to reach these and bread them open, the way Lord Krishna and his friends would, after sneaking into the houses of gopis (milkmaids) to steal and eat butter.
Lord Ganesh, the patron deity of Maharashtra, is the god of wisdom. In August, preparations to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi – the auspicious day when Lord Ganesh was born – being with great enthusiasm all over the state. The 11 day festival begins with the installation of beautifully sculpted Ganesh idols in homes and mandaps (large tents), colourfully decorate, depicting religious themes or current events. The Ganesh idols are worshipped with families and friends. Many cultural events are organised and people participate in them with keen interest. After ten exciting days comes the time to bid farewell to the beloved God. People take Ganesh idols in procession to take accompaniment of music and dance for immersion in the sea or nearby river or lake.
This Dhinchak Mumbaikar is all set to enjoy every festival, are you all ready for it..?