Asian Holidays Around the World: Ganesh Festival in Paris

The first of September marked the festival of the Hindu god Ganesha, widely worshiped as the god of wisdom and good fortune. The festival, Ganesh Chaturthi, is celebrated on the fourth day of the waxing moon in the month of bhādrapada, which generally falls in August or September.

Miles away from India, dancing and eating were underway in the 10th and 18th arrondissements of Paris at the local Ganesh Festival. The neighborhoods’ Hindu temple, Sri Manicka Vinayakar Alayam, has organized the annual festival since 1996, inadvertently creating a colorful mashup of French and Indian culture. The festive garlands and flags seem to fit right in with the iconic Haussman buildings.

Meg Gagnard of De quelle planète es-tu?, was there to capture the celebrations.

You can see more of the festival here.