Ganapati festival is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the God of wisdom, prosperity and auspiciousness in Hinduism. Ganapati 2016 date is September 5, Monday. The festival ends on Ananta Chaturdasi on September 15, 2016. Ganpati is today worshipped around the world and the elephant-faced Hindu god is one of the most popular deities in Hindu religion. The 10-day Ganapati ends with the immersion (Visarjan) of the idol on Ananta Chaturdasi day.
Ganapati festival is observed on the fourth day after Amavasi (no moon) in the month of Bhadrapada (August - September) as per traditional Hindu calendar.
In Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, Ganapati community festival is celebrated for 10 days. In other parts of India, it is celebrated for one day on the chaturthi day.
Hindu homes observe Ganapati festival for one or three days. Special prayers are performed in all Hindu homes and hymns and songs are sung in praise of Lord Ganesha.
In Maharashtra, Ganesh and Gauri Puja is observed during the same period.
In Karnataka, Gowri Habba or Swarna Gouri Vrata is observed a day before Ganapati festival.