Hindu Festival Draws Hundreds to Botley

UNITED KINGDOM, September 18, 2018 (Oxford Mail): Hundreds of people joined in Oxford’s first Ganesh Utsav festival. People of different cultures embraced the Hindu celebration in Botley on Saturday which boasted a colorful mix of traditional dress, dancing, singing and street food. The festival,which celebrated the elephant-headed God Ganesh’s birthday, ended with a procession of around 100 people from the Matthew Arnold School to the River Thames to submerge a statue of Ganesh in the water, as per tradition. The whole thing was organized and paid for by husband and wife Sesh and Jyoti Parimi, who said they wanted to give something back to the community which had welcomed them so warmly following their move to Oxford two years ago. “We had around 400 people come in and out throughout the day, there were a lot of people there from all backgrounds who were interested to know more, to look to see what was going on and to join in.

Source: Oxford Mail