Last Sunday, September 3rd, the local Hindu community celebrated one of their most sacred rituals in their religious calendar, Ananta Chaturdashi, in honour of Ganesh.
The celebrations took place on Enramada beach in La Caleta, with a large attendance of Adeje Hindu residents and many other Adejeros who joined their neighbours in the homage to Ganesh. The celebration has been held for over three decades in Adeje, and the festival was, said mayor José Miguel Rodriguez Fraga, “a reflection of the peaceful social harmony that exists in Adeje”.
Traditionally, on this day, people travel to the water with statues of Ganesh, son of Shiva and Parvati, in processions, and Lord Ganesha is departed, only to be welcomed the next year with equal excitement. This is a time for ridding oneself of material and spiritual obstacles. Ganesh is one of the more loved of the Hindu divinities and is the god of protection and good luck. With the body of a child and the head of an elephant Ganesh is brought, shoulder high, along a processional route, accompanied by dancing and singing, to the sea’s edge where a boat is waiting to take him and submerge him in the waters. The events in Adeje culminated in an offering of food and good company, celebrating peace and local harmony.
According to Hindu culture, before embarking on any form of negotiation, training, celebrating a marriage, or the beginning of any new project, one should pray first to Ganesh. The Tenerife Sur Hindu association commented, “remembering our customs and traditions is also a chance to reinforce our values of social harmony and we hope that everyone who wishes to will continue to take part in our cultural events as we continue to integrate into our Canarian culture”.
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