Sep 1, 2006

The Indian Calendar and Gosireh

Before I began to be involved with India, the thing that I found the most odd was the fact that the people there worshipped Ganesha, an elephant-headed god.

Because I am Christian, we do not worship idols, but I was in the mind of respecting what other people respected.BUT. An elephant’s head? Seriously?
It seemed just a bit too primitive…

That was my reaction, and I wasn’t really up to putting my palms together along with the other worshippers.However, the faith the people of India have for this deity is extremely strong.
The reason for this is because this god dispels every kind of obstacle.
Thus the Indians always worship Ganesha when they begin something new.
For example, when one begins building a new house, or when one drives their new car for the first time, they will make sure they worship this god.
It is also the god of learning, and the symbol of opulence.
When you look at it that way, it does give an impression of affluence、and the comic expression makes one happy.

It was introduced in Japan in the form of Shoden, and it is worshipped in some of the shrines. Considering an elephant's size, it makes me think that it would crush any hurdle that should come one’s way, and now, I have come to feel great affection towards this deity.

Pune, a town I visit often, is famous for its grand festival for Ganesha.
This festival called Ganesha Chaturthi takes place from the end of August to early September, and they celebrate the 14 days in which they believe the blessings of Ganesha is becomes the greatest. Today (August 27) happens to be the beginning of the festival...
So, if any of you are contemplating on starting something new, it may be a good idea to take the leap and start it between today and September 8. It is said that things go smoothly free of obstacles.

Actually the Indian calendar indicates not only the days of Ganesha, but many other good and bad days as well, and these mostly match the phases of the moon. The full moon is always a good day, but it also indicates certain things being appropriate depending on how many days have passed since this full moon.In the past month, the day considered the luckiest of all was August 4th.
I have an Indian friend who had their house warming party on this day.
And it just so happens that wuri prince chose this day for the opening of his restaurant “Gosireh”. We hear that Gosireh is fully booked so far, which means they are off to a good start. However, the waitress told us that 98 percent of the customers are wuri family, so they need to think about how to attract the interest of the general public. Also, because the sense of the season was not reflected in the menu as strongly as it is in a Japanese cuisine, it would be up to them to come up with variations that will motivate customers to visit again.

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Actually in the past, there were about two instances when Yong Joon held his press conferences on the day that landed exactly on the lucky day of the Indian calendar. In Korea too, there are people who tell fortune by looking at the calendar, and I got the impression that there may be a strong resemblance in the two calendars.

Ha ha ha, I look forward to seeing if the press conference of “Tae Wang Sa Shin Gi” will coincide with the next lucky day.

So, if you are thinking of giving up smoking, going on a diet, or saving money etc. and want it to succeed, why don’t you try preparing for it thoroughly and begin the project by the 8th of September?

The elephant god just may give you a kick in the back!



jaime said...

dear flowerbossa,

Thank you for educating us on Ganesha and the Indian calendar. Actually Chinese has a similar calendar called 'Tung Sing' that they refer to for wedding, moving, opening of business etc. I am a Catholic by birth, so I don't go by it but I sure respect their tradition.

WHen we come to think of it, the origin of these calendars from different countries stems from the sun, moon and stars. So basically, we all have very similar beliefs.

take care, love ...... jaime

mrs a said...

I am Christian too but I have great respect for others religion and find them interesting.

mmm. September 8th. huh? Let's see how it goes!

Thanks Satovic and Flowerbossa!!!!

flowerbossa said...


Thank you for pointing out the resemblances to the Chinese tradition.

I hope you can share more info with us, because I am very interested in these things.

All of these practices I believe share a reverence towards nature.

Something reflected in Gosireh as well!

flowerbossa said...


The Japanese are notorious for their "openess" towards reiligion - and I am no exeception. I went to an Christian affiliated school, but my family belongs to a temple (meaning we have our grave there), and I worship the Shinto Shrine (Japanese deity) on New Year's asking a bunch of favors...

Like you, I have great respect for people who have a strong faith in their religion, and open to learning about them.
(so does my hubby- we went in and out of churches on our honeymoon in Venice!)

....soo...any new projects before Sept. 8?