It is the first month of the Islamic Calendar. The dates of the festival keep on rotating in the Georgian calendar. Shia Muslims mourn in remembrance of martyred Hussein ibn Ali. They take it as a mourning month whereas Sunni Muslims observe it on a more peaceful note. The mourning continues for the first day of the month to the next two months and eight days. On the 10th day, Shia Muslims take out processions with banners out in streets. On the other hand, it is a fasting month followed by legendary feats for Sunni Muslims. The choice of fasting is on the individual itself.
23. Ganesh Chaturthi - Maharashtra
It is celebrated as a grand public festival in the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, and Chhattisgarh. Mandaps and Pandals are set up With the idols of Ganesha. Many cultural activities like singing, dancing, theatre and orchestral performances take place. The festival is known as Vinayaka Chaturthi in Tamil Nadu. Ganesha idols are made out of clay. In Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, procession marches involving great idols of Ganesha take place from Pazhavangadi Ganapathi Temple to Shankumugham Beach and the icons are immersed in the sea. Modak is the primary sweet dish of the festival.
Date: August / September