Ganesh Chaturthi, as it is officially known, is one of the biggest religious festivals in Maharashtra, the Indian state whose capital, Mumbai, is now associated with more violent expressions of religious feeling. A ten-day festival to celebrate the birthday of the much-beloved elephant-headed god (Chaturthi literally means "fourth," and Ganesh's birthday falls of the fourth day of the month), Ganesh Chaturthi is a fascinating combination of piety and partying, consecration and consumerism.
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