Festivals

Ganesh Chaturthi

This function is the celebration of Lord Ganesh. The Ganesh Chaturthi Festival marks the special day when Ganesh is honoured everywhere in the world. Prayers are performed over 2 to 10 days, and a fast is also observed before, during and after the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival. Songs and dances are performed during the festival in dedication of Ganesh, and the final blessing is the submerging of the Ganesh Murthi into water.

The year 2007 was a landmark year for the MMS with its first ever procession with the Ganesh Murthi around Palmers Green. This particular moment was a smashing success and saw great numbers of followers and onlookers enjoy the occasion. Since that moment, each procession is now done within the vicinity of the Darji Mitra Mandal, with the submerging taking place outside the hall, in a specially built tank.

Building

The Ganesh murthi is traditionally made of clay. This is normally started 7 days before the main festival

Attendees

This is one of the Mauritian Marathi Society's most attended festivals

Mobirise

Time 

The festival normally takes place in August or September.

2007

This was a landmark year when the Mauritian Marathi Society embarked on its first procession around the streets of Palmers Green.

Maha Shivratri

The auspicious festival of Maha Shivaratri is celebrated with devotion and religious fervour all over India and beyond. Though fasting and worship of Shiva Linga with a ritual bath remain the common feature of Shivaratri celebrations at all places, minor variations due to regional difference can be observed in different countries.

In Mauritius, for instance, Maha Shivaratri is celebrated in a big way for over three days. A large number of the island's Hindu population makes a pilgrimage to the holy volcanic lake, Grand Bassin and make food sacrifices and stockpile vessels of the holy water.

Building

The Shiva Linga is the original one from when the festival first started

Mobirise

Time 

This festival normally takes place between February and March

Shivaji Day

This function is a celebration of the great warrior himself, Shivaji Maharaj. This function tends to take place between May & June, but varies depending on availability of a hall. The event showcases the history and journey of Shivaji himself, with performances, speeches and videos being played to highlight his achievements.

Orange

The colour orange is associated with celebrations of Shivaji Day.

Celebrations

This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Mauritius and India.

Mobirise

Time 

This function normally takes place in May

2008

One of the biggest held Shivaji celebrations was held by the MMS. Many performances took place which were well received.

Diwali

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is a major festival in the Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism religions. This is also known as the festival of lights. It symbolises the victory of good over evil, and lamps are lit as a sign of celebration and hope for humankind. Celebrations focus on lights and lamps, particularly traditional dīpa or deeya. This festival usually takes place in the month of November.

Fireworks

Fireworks are lit all over the world to celebrate the Hindu new year. Also, Diya's are lit around the house.

Diwali Cakes

Cakes are shared to friends and families during this occasion

Mobirise

Time 

The festival normally takes place around October/November

Reason

Diwali is the celebration of good over evil.

Outing & BBQ

The MMS has recently started another event for the community to celebrate. The first one took 2009 at the Goan Centre, Tottenham where a Family Day took place. This also coincided with the football match between the MMS Youngsters and Elders. Another BBQ took place in September 2012 at the same venue, which was another success.
In 2008 the MMS visited East Beach, Shoeburyness for a day trip with its members. This event was a smashing success and the occasion as a whole was fabulous. The weather was perfect and everyone who came along enjoyed themselves to the max.

First Game

The youngsters won the first ever MMS Cup match against the elders.

Outing

The first ever outing to East Beach was a resounding success. With a double decker coach sold out for the occasion.

Mobirise

No Set Date

There is no set date for the above. However, traditionally the Summer is the main time to do the Outing or BBQ

2012

The last time a BBQ was held was in 2012!

Guddi Padwa

Guddi Padwa is celebrated on the first day of the chaitra month (month in the Hindu calendar), and is celebrated by maharastrians and marathis all around the world. This is also the first day of the marathi calendar. The festival marks the start of a prosperous new year and is considered as one of the most auspicious days by hindus. It is a day of great festivity and rejoicing. People get up early and clean their houses, decorating them with intricate rangoli designs. Many houses decorate the pots with coconuts, flowers and mango leaves, symbolising nature's bounty to all.
On this day a pole is erected named "Gudi" in front of the house. Padwa is another name for "Pratipada", the first day of the lunar month. A new cloth is tied on the Gudi, a metal vessel is put on to it and a garland of sweets is hung on it.

New Year

This festival is the celebration of the Marathi new year

Mobirise

Time 

This festival takes place in April

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