Pancha Ganapati Date in the current year: December 21, 2016

Pancha Ganapati Pancha Ganapati is a modern Hindu festival that lasts for five days, from December 21 to December 25. It honors Ganesha, one of the most worshiped Hindu deities. Ganesha is venerated as the patron of arts and culture.

The festival of Pancha Ganapati was created in 1985 by Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (born Robert Hansen), an American-born convert to Hinduism. The celebration was conceived as a Hindu alternative to December holidays (Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah etc.).

Pancha Ganapati is a family holiday. During each of five days of the festival, all family members focus on sadhana, a special spiritual practice. Pancha Ganapati symbolizes mending of all past mistakes and new beginnings. It is customary to create a shrine with a large statue or picture of Lord Ganesha in the main room and decorate it with leaves, flowers, and hanging ornaments.

Each day of the festival is associated with a different color and meaning behind it:

  • December 21: golden yellow, love and harmony among family members.
  • December 22: royal blue, love and harmony among neighbors.
  • December 23: ruby red, love and harmony among business associates.
  • December 24: emerald green, joy and harmony that come from the arts (music, dance, drama, art).
  • December 25: brilliant orange, love and harmony within all three worlds (trailokya).
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