Weekly Photo Challenge – Community

15 Dec

This week’s photo challenge is to post a pic on “Community” which means a social unit of any size that shares a common belief or values. Per wikipedia, the word “community” is derived from an Old French word – communité which is derived from the Latin communitas that means – com, “with/together” + munus, “gift”, a broad term for fellowship or organized society. And for this challenge the Mumbaiker in me had to post a pic of the Ganesh Festival that binds entire Mumbai into one large community.

Bringing Lord Ganesh to the pandal for the festival

Bringing Lord Ganesh to the pandal for the festival

This concept of common festival celebrations was started by Pandit Lokmanya Tilak and helped achieve the ultimate aim then i.e. unity for the Indian freedom struggle and intellectual exchange of ideas, as large political gatherings were prohibited during the British rule. These days, for 10 days in August or September each year, this festival brings the entire city together despite any differences in religion, caste, social standing, etc. Many houses, common societies etc bring the idol of Lord Ganesh, pray to him for those many days and then on the last day immerse him in the sea or any other water body.

The celebrations

The celebrations

In case you want to read more on this festival then please feel free to read these two articles – Photo Essay – The Making of the Ganpati Idols and Celebrating the Indian festival of the Elephant God, Ganesh Chaturthi.

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10 Responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge – Community”

  1. Juliana Lightle December 15, 2013 at 19:00 #

    Several months a ago, I decided to go way out of my comfort zone and start a potluck group at my house. Having been brought up to believe it is totally unacceptable to ask people to bring food to your house–you must cook it all yourself, it took me years to get to this point. Much to my astonishment, people ask to join the group and it keeps growing–so now I have this community of people who come to my house once a month to share themselves and their food with each other–community. The fourth one is tonight. Perhaps I will take photos this time and post this on my blog.


    • getsetandgo December 22, 2013 at 18:14 #

      Hi, this sounds like such a beautiful community woven together with food and stories. Do you keep like topics for discussion like books, travel stories etc too?


  2. Bella Remy Photography December 15, 2013 at 19:45 #

    Now this looks like a really fun community to be with.


  3. sindhoooo December 16, 2013 at 13:45 #

    It is a great shot of Lord Ganesha and the crowd. Love it!


    • getsetandgo December 22, 2013 at 18:21 #

      Thanks 🙂 You should definitely Mumbai and be a part of it next year.


  4. yuswantojatirogo December 17, 2013 at 22:25 #

    Reblogged this on YUSWANTO.


  5. treksmorocco December 24, 2013 at 01:51 #

    thanks for sharing this great post. it’s very interesting! keep up the great work!



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