Mumbai has a very lightful and fast life but even saying that the rich textures and colors of the city in its diverse range of religious and cultural festival simply cannot be overlooked. They celebrates all major ceremonies as their are all community people who migrates to this capital city for bread butter etc. Some of their festivals such as, Dasara, Mohurrum, Shivratri, Christmas, Budha purnima etc., are celebrated nation wide. Some of their famous festivals are described below.
1. Ganesha Chaturthi Festival
Ganesh Chaturthy festival is the birthday of Lord Ganesha when devotees throughout the country worship the Lord of Wisdom. It is the biggest festival in Mumbai and is celebrated with great grandeur for 11 days in the months of October or November. In the ceremonies, the images of Ganesha are installed and elaborate arrangements are made for lighting and decoration and celebrations are held for 7-10 days. The Chaturthi is the last day dedicated to the elephant-headed god, and thousands of people converge on the beaches of Mumbai carrying the idols of Ganesha, to be immersed in the sea. The city life gets on its toes in respect of crowd and activities because of the huge crowd pulling of this festival. Lord Ganesh is regarded as the patron saint of Mumbai and over 6000 idols are commissioned every year.
2. The Elephanta Festival
The Elephanta Festival in Mumbai held in February on the Elephanta Island. It's a festival of classical Indian dance and music organised by the MTDC. The Elephanta Island is located at a distance of 11 km from Mumbai with the magnificent Elephanta caves, containing beautiful carvings, sculptures, and a temple to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva. Renowned dancers and musicians performing in the elephanta festival under the starry sky in front of the selected and appreciative audience. Special type of launch services and catering arrangements are also provided for visitors. Folk dance shows of the local fishermen is an important part of this ceremony.
Diwali is the festival of lights symbolising the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness. This Hindu festival celebrated on the moonless night of Octobor or November every year. Diwali comes out to be a ceremony of happiness, fulfillment and prosperity. Twinkling of oil lamps or diyas light up every home and firework displays common all across the country. The goddess Lakshmi who is the symbol of wealth and prosperity, is worshipped on this day. The best area to visit during the ceremony is Marine Drive that shines bright in the light of the innumerable firecrackers. The earthen lamps floated on the waters in a traditional way.
4. Kala Ghoda Festival
Kala Ghoda Festival is one of the most prominent cultural events in Mumbai and is organised by the Kala Ghoda Association. It is celebrated from the month of November to February every year near the Jehangir Art Gallery. The festival showcases the country and particularly regional arts and crafts. It takes the form of a carnival as apart from the art lovers, tourists as also the locals throng into the engulfing atmosphere and it includes artistic paintings displayed by the painters, amazing sculptures by potters, tattoo artists, mehendi artists.
5. Banganga Festival
Banganga festival is a two-day music festival celebrated every year in the month of January in Malabar Hills in Mumbai. The festival is attended by a big numbers by music lovers and enthusiasts. Top artistes from all around the country perform live classical music concerts and cultural enthusiasts attend the ceremony and feast the soul as well as the mind. Many Indian classical music maestros participate in the ceremony. One gets a soulful feeling on their heart when listening to the maestros playing some of their masterpiece. It seems that this music carnival inflicts life and mind in the heart of the busiest city in the country.