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Learning about Indian culture at Ganesha festival
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Learning about Indian culture at Ganesha festival

The Saigon Times Daily

An artisan paints an idol of Ganesha in Bengaluru, India, August 30, 2016. The Ganesha Festival 2018 will be open to Hanoi audiences at the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center, 63 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hoan Kiem District on September 15 - PHOTO: REUTERS

HCMC - The Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center under the Embassy of India in Hanoi will organize the Ganesha Festival 2018 on September 15, the opening event of the Festival of India.

More events like Holi, Diwali, Christmas, Gurpurab and Buddha Purnima will occur later.

Ganesha, the Lord of Knowledge and also the God of Auspicious Beginnings and Remover of all Obstacles, is one of the most widely worshipped deities in India.

Ganesha is an iconic deity who is worshipped across continents and oceans, including in South East Asia. Particularly, the Ganesha of Danang is a vital joint civilizational link between India and Vietnam.

Across all regional and language boundaries, the annual Ganesha Festival is celebrated with singing, chanting, traditional and modern music, and the ceremonial immersion of Ganesha idols made of mud in water bodies.

Eating traditional food, wearing traditional clothes, and visiting and celebrating with family and friends are an integral part of this magnificent cultural event.

The Ganesha Festival will feature an array of activities including welcome remarks about Ganesha Festival, Indian songs about Ganesha, storytelling, cartoon and songs for kids, Ganesha photo exhibition, Ganesha display corner, photo corner, and food and Henna stalls.

Admission to Ganesha Festival is free. For further information, contact 02436332083 or

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