Ganesh Chaturthi is the festival day when Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, first appeared for all his devotees. The day is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi and it is observed in the month of Bhadrapada starting on the fourth lunar day (chathurthi) of the waxing moon. This always comes between late August and early September.
Traditionally the festival lasts for 10 days, but in most Hindu temples in the West, the festival is generally celebrated for just one day.
Ganesha is widely worshipped as the supreme Deity of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. Most Hindus will begin any puja or important event with the invocation of Ganesha.
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