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To witness the cultural life of Mumbai, make sure that you are present in the city when its numerous fairs and festivals are celebrated. These major fairs and festivals bring out the traditional side of the modern people of Mumbai, some of which are listed in detail below.

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ganesh chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day Hindu festival celebrated to honour the elephant-headed God Ganesha's birthday.

Ganesha is known by 108 different names and is the Lord of arts and sciences and the deva of wisdom.Celebrated as one of the biggest festival in Mumbai – the festivities of Ganesh Chaturthi carry for 11 days in the months of October or November.

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ganesh chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day Hindu festival celebrated to honour the elephant-headed God Ganesha's birthday, who is the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Ganesha is known by 108 different names and is the Lord of arts and sciences and the deva of wisdom.

Celebrated as one of the biggest festival in Mumbai – the festivities of Ganesh Chaturthi carry for 11 days in the months of October or November.

NAVRATRI

Navratri, literally interpreted as 'nine nights' is the most celebrated Hindu festival devoted to Goddess Durga symbolizing purity and power or 'shakti'.

Navratri festival combines ritualistic puja and fasting, which is accompanied by resplendent celebrations for nine consecutive days and nights. Navratri in India follows the lunar calendar and is celebrated in March/April as Chaitra Navratri and in September/October as Sharad Navratri. During Navratri, people from villages and cities gather to perform 'puja' on small shrines representing different aspects of Goddess Durga, including Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati which is accompanied by chanting of mantras and renditions of bhajans as part of the puja rituals for nine consecutive days.

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NAVRATRI

Navratri, literally interpreted as 'nine nights' is the most celebrated Hindu festival devoted to Goddess Durga symbolizing purity and power or 'shakti'. Navratri festival combines ritualistic puja and fasting, which is accompanied by resplendent celebrations for nine consecutive days and nights.

Navratri in India follows the lunar calendar and is celebrated in March/April as Chaitra Navratri and in September/October as Sharad Navratri. During Navratri, people from villages and cities gather to perform 'puja' on small shrines representing different aspects of Goddess Durga, including Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati which is accompanied by chanting of mantras and renditions of bhajans as part of the puja rituals for nine consecutive days.

Diwali

Diwali, a major festival of India is celebrated on a new moon night sometime in the months of October and November.

The festival is primarily celebrated to commemorate the return of Lord Rama from his 14 years of exile after defeating Raavana, after which the people of Ayodhya lighted candles and diya to celebrate his return to the kingdom. The festival gets its name from the lines of diya that were celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama, hence giving the name Deepavali, literally translating to "lines of light." The name has gotten convoluted to Diwali over the years, symbolizing the victory of light over dark.

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Diwali

Diwali, a major festival of India is celebrated on a new moon night sometime in the months of October and November. The festival is primarily celebrated to commemorate the return of Lord Rama from his 14 years of exile after defeating Raavana, after which the people of Ayodhya lighted candles and diya to celebrate his return to the kingdom.

The festival gets its name from the lines of diya that were celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama, hence giving the name Deepavali, literally translating to "lines of light." The name has gotten convoluted to Diwali over the years, symbolizing the victory of light over dark.

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