Friday, September 18, 2015

Interfaith Days: Ganesh Chaturthi, Paryushana Parva

Yesterday was Ganesh Chaturthi, the Hindu festival that honors the elephant-headed god Ganesh. It begins a ten-day festival, Vinayaka Chaturthi, and includes installing images of the god in temperer public shines as well as in homes.

Today is Paryushana Parva, the Jain festival that signifies the emergence of a new world of spirit and morality. This day, too, begins a period of observance, in this case a time of intense meditation aimed at renewal.

(From the 2015 Interfaith Calendar of the Diversity Awareness Partnership of St. Louis---see for more information---and various online sources.)

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