Ganesh Festival is celebrated two times in a year. The first one is celebrated as Ganesh Jayanti and another as Ganesh Sthapana.
Both of these festivals hugely get celebrated in India as well as some of the foreign countries.
It is believed that the Lord Ganesh was born on the 4th day of Bhadrapad month. Therefore, this day is celebrated as Ganesh Jayanti every year. Another fact regarding this day tells that people should not watch the moon on this day. Once Lord Ganesh was tripping on his vehicle (mouse) and he fell off. At that time, the moon looked at the situation and started to laugh. Lord Ganesh became angry on the moon. As a result, the incensed lord marked a nuisance that no one will see the moon on that day; and if anyone sees the moon will have to face the troubles in life.
Another festival is called as Ganesh Sthapana. It is also known by the name Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayak Chaturthi. It arrives in the September month; and sometimes in the month of August. This festival continues for the ten days. The people of Maharashtra state; celebrate this festival with the great devotion. This festival ends on the day which is called as Anantha Chaturdashi.
On Ganesh Jayanti, several groups of people get together and perform Hom. It is a way to make God happy and to receive holy blessings in return. On this day, people, especially the newly married couple follow all the rules designed for the process of Hom. Hom is a process that includes a square made up of bricks. In this square, woods are fired to create a holy fire i.e. the Agnee. Then, Brahmin who performs the Pooja starts chanting holy mantras and pouring ghee in the fire.
Ganesh Chaturthi has a special meaning. This festival was started by Lokmanya Tilak. He was one of the most important freedom fighters who fought for the Independent India. He purposely started two festivals naming Ganesh Chaturthi and Shivjayanti. The purpose of these festivals was to unite the people and then spreading the plans or thoughts to be implemented, for making the India an Independent country. India is an Independent country now, although people celebrate these two festivals with a great pleasure.
Ganesh Festival Celebration:
On the occasion of Ganesh Sthapana; people place a clay idol of the Lord Ganesh into their house. The preparation of these idols starts 3-4 months previous to the Ganesh Festival. Each idol varies in height and the weight. No matter, how much big the idol is; people from all religions equally provide their homage to the Lord Ganesh. In this way, this festival is celebrated in India
Lord Ganesh is considered as the God of sharp memory and intelligent mind. He offers blessings to the one who prays him from the core of his heart. Thus, everyone should pray Lord Ganesh not only on any particular day but also on each and every day of the year.