A Loving Atma Namaste! Happy Birthday Lord Ganesha!
Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayak Chaturthi is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha & falls on September 11 this year.
Lord Ganesha is considered the God of Wisdom, Prosperity & Good Fortune.
Ganesh Chaturthi falls on the fourth day of the bright fortnight of Bhadrapada (August-September), called Shukla Chaturthi.
The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi.
Though the festival is celebrated all over India, it is probably the most popular festival of Maharashtra.
This is elaborate even in Goa, Gujarat, Orissa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Andhra Pradesh.
In many parts of Maharashta, children are initiated into the alphabets with the mantra of Lord Ganesha,
"Om Sri Ganeshaya Namah".
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
-Extracted from http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/Story/112109/India/wish-your-near-and-dear-one-on-ganesh-chaturthi-.html