Posts Tagged ‘religion’

I am back to India for the forth time. Between commercial and fashion shootings I dedicate some time shooting reportage, my aged passion. How can you avoid shooting people and festival once you are here?

Last week Hindus celebrated Ganesha Chaturthi, the great Ganesha festival, also known as ‘Vinayak Chaturthi’ or ‘Vinayaka Chavithi’, celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha.

Ganesha Chaturthi, the great Ganesha festival, also known as ‘Vinayak Chaturthi’ or ‘Vinayaka Chavithi’ is celebrated by Hindus around the world as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. It is observed during the Hindu month of Bhadra (mid-August to mid-September) and the grandest and most elaborate of them, especially in the western India state of Maharashtra, lasts for 10 days, ending on the day of ‘Ananta Chaturdashi’.

For 10 days, from Bhadrapad Shudh Chaturthi to the Ananta Chaturdashi, Ganesha is worshipped. On the 11th day, the image is taken through the streets in a procession accompanied with dancing, singing, to be immersed in a river or the sea symbolizing a ritual see-off of the Lord in his journey towards his abode in Kailash while taking away with him the misfortunes of all man. All join in this final procession shouting “Ganapathi Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukariya” (O father Ganesha, come again early next year). After the final offering of coconuts, flowers and camphor is made, people carry the idol to the river to immerse it.

During my project about the gospel church in Elephant and Castle I knew many very good Nigerian people and one of them, Emma, invited me to go to a traditional Nigerian pre-wedding ceremony last Sunday. I arrive there and the room is full of women wearing traditional colourful clothes, on the left side there was the bride’s family and many women are wearing purple clothes, which is the family colour for long time, and white clothes because of the virginity of the groom. On the right the groom’s family is very colourful. In the middle they are boxes of coke, whisk, one luggage and other goods. The groom has to pay thousands pounds to get married with his girlfriend. People celebrate with dance and music and I see many people giving 1 dollar notes to the bride and her mother. Lot of nice food for everyone. It is a good fun.