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Photo Shoot - La Fete de Ganesh

  • Sep 1, 2013 · 10:00 AM
  • Metro La Chapelle (Ligne 2)

September 1st marks the celebration of the 18th Fete de Ganesh by the temple Sri Manicka Vinayakar Alayam in the 18eme. Ganesh is a Hindu diety who is worshiped as the lord of beginnings and as the lord of obstacles. He is also the patron of arts and sciences, as well as the god of intellect and wisdom!! He is normally represented as a multi-armed human figure with the head of an elephant.

The temple celebrates with a morning of ceremonies and then a parade through the quartier. Our group has attended this festival for six years now and it is always a spectacular photo opportunity. I am sure that this year's parade will be a colorful event as well! More info can be found here:

Two notes: I would recommed that you bring a minimum of equipment as the streets will be *very* crowded and you will be jostled. Also, the parade monitors will yell at you if you step into the path of the parade wearing shoes. This is because the way is cleansed for the procession of the idol representing Ganesh. The parade participants walk the route barefoot. For the slighty less adventurous, wearing socks permits you jump into the route and potentially avoid rusty bottlecaps and shards of coconut shell  :-)

Let's meet around 10h00 at Metro La Chapelle (Ligne 2) - exit north towards the small park. ***Please note that this is *NOT* Metro Porte de la Chapelle on ligne 12!!! We will walk north towards the temple on rue Pajol. The religious ceremonies begin in the temple at 09h00 and the parade starts at 11h00.  I hope you can join us!

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  • ewa

    Great idea! Thank you for organizing this!

    September 2, 2013

  • Claudia

    Fantastic event and an opportunity to learn about another culture.
    Being late I went directly to the two temples, but I ran into four members of the group during the 5 hours of the parade ... : )

    September 1, 2013

  • Ann

    It was a great idea, and colorful gathering! I didn't see anyone though from our group, but will post some photos as soon as I clear enough space on my HD to process them! lol Thanks for organizing this!

    September 1, 2013

  • Nadim H.

    Thank you again for the event. It was great discovering this festival. Hope to meet you again. As for the photos, here is my post about today's festival :)

    Don't hesitate if you have any comment or remark.

    September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event and well thought Jim. Keep posting these types of photography outlings - p

    September 1, 2013

  • Julian T.

    Couldn't find the group! But i wouldn't have had such a great day if you hadn't told me about it!

    September 1, 2013

  • Jean

    As always with Jim, well organised - no gimmick. You can already book me for next year's edition please. Thanks a lot!

    September 1, 2013

  • Jean-Michel V.

    I could not find the group! Ah...
    Nice mood and the participants are quite willing to be shot!

    September 1, 2013

  • Jim K.

    All- Just a reminder that the meeting point is at Metro LA CHAPELLE on Line 2, NOT Porte de la Chapelle on Line 12.

    August 29, 2013

  • Luis A.

    What a great idea! We may be a bit late, we'll look for the group near the temple.

    August 28, 2013

    • Jim K.

      Luis - You won't find us as the group will get split up almost immediately. We will meet back at Metro La Chapelle at roughly 1PM, or whenever the parade passes under the Metro viaduct on its way north into the 18th arrondissement. Please join us there if you don't want to follow the parade any longer.

      August 29, 2013

  • Richard B.

    Jim is right; it's literally like a rugby scrum in the crowd. If you're claustrophobic, or don't like your equipment bumped (read that any way you like, Miley Cyrus fans), this isn't your parade.

    August 28, 2013

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