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Organizers: Festival way to build unity

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The 10th annual Columbus Ganesh Festival, Omkar 2014, is underway and continues through Sunday at The Commons, 300 Washington St.

Ganesh Festival is one of the biggest public celebrations in India, dating back to 1893.

“The main purpose of this festival was to bring people from all different backgrounds together and build unity,” said Mohor Gosavi, one of the organizers. “Today in India, the tradition of doing social, cultural, and charitable work continues to flourish under the auspices of Ganesh festival.”

Innovative props highlighting Indian art, culture, socio-political issues are featured during the festival.

In Columbus and other areas outside India, celebrations consist of large, cultural programs including dancing, cooking competitions, art contests and a musical program. The local gathering is open to anyone. Indian food will be available for purchase.

Apart from cultural programs, there also will be daily gathering in the evening for prayer recitation and other activities.

The festival will end Sunday with a procession at Columbus’ Mill Race Park. Activities begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

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