Hindu spectacular

Hindu spectacular

Hindu spectacular

First published in South Essex news

THOUSANDS of people turned out to the country’s biggest festival celebrating the Hindu god Ganesh.

More than 10,000 Hindus descended on Shoebury’s East Beach for the Ganesh Visarjan on Sunday after a procession from Blackgate Road to a marquee on the beach.

Worshippers enjoyed food, live music, singing and dancing.

The festival ended with a water ceremony at 6pm, where statues of Ganesh were washed in the Thames Estuary and showered with flower petals.

Worshippers came in coaches from all over the country, including Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham, with organiser Jay Gokani, of the HounslowHindu temple in West London, describing it as a great success.

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3:06pm Wed 3 Sep 14

The King of Southend says...

Fantastic stuff.
Fantastic stuff. The King of Southend
  • Score: 8

3:11pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Bubbles 1 says...

I went to East Beach for a quiet walk ....bloomin eck didn't I get a shock.
I went to East Beach for a quiet walk ....bloomin eck didn't I get a shock. Bubbles 1
  • Score: 4

3:25pm Wed 3 Sep 14

BIRLIS says...

I missed it, but apparently it is a very welcoming and enjoyable event. Maybe next year...
I missed it, but apparently it is a very welcoming and enjoyable event. Maybe next year... BIRLIS
  • Score: 8

3:32pm Wed 3 Sep 14

andyproberts@hotmail.com says...

This is such a diverse, colourful and vibrant event, and is open to everyone, not just Hindus - I'd recommend anyone go and see it next year if they get the chance.
This is such a diverse, colourful and vibrant event, and is open to everyone, not just Hindus - I'd recommend anyone go and see it next year if they get the chance. andyproberts@hotmail.com
  • Score: 9

3:33pm Wed 3 Sep 14

thecoat says...

Looks light a right good knees up! Will try and make it down for next year.
Looks light a right good knees up! Will try and make it down for next year. thecoat
  • Score: 5

3:59pm Wed 3 Sep 14

LinfordsLunchbox says...

Bet the food was amazing!
Bet the food was amazing! LinfordsLunchbox
  • Score: 3

11:14am Thu 4 Sep 14

RuleBritania says...

I worked at one of these a few years ago. The people were very nice and friendly, they offered us a free meal as is customary but I couldn't bring myself to eat it, I eat with my eyes and it just looked awful, very soupy with no meat in site. Nothing like the "Indian" food we are normally served in this country.
I worked at one of these a few years ago. The people were very nice and friendly, they offered us a free meal as is customary but I couldn't bring myself to eat it, I eat with my eyes and it just looked awful, very soupy with no meat in site. Nothing like the "Indian" food we are normally served in this country. RuleBritania
  • Score: -3

2:56pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Bubbles 1 says...

RuleBritania wrote:
I worked at one of these a few years ago. The people were very nice and friendly, they offered us a free meal as is customary but I couldn't bring myself to eat it, I eat with my eyes and it just looked awful, very soupy with no meat in site. Nothing like the "Indian" food we are normally served in this country.
Traditional food is vegetarian ....I love meat but you missed a treat . Authentic Indian foos is the best
[quote][p][bold]RuleBritania[/bold] wrote: I worked at one of these a few years ago. The people were very nice and friendly, they offered us a free meal as is customary but I couldn't bring myself to eat it, I eat with my eyes and it just looked awful, very soupy with no meat in site. Nothing like the "Indian" food we are normally served in this country.[/p][/quote]Traditional food is vegetarian ....I love meat but you missed a treat . Authentic Indian foos is the best Bubbles 1
  • Score: 3

8:31am Fri 5 Sep 14

wonderfullife says...

RuleBritania wrote:
I worked at one of these a few years ago. The people were very nice and friendly, they offered us a free meal as is customary but I couldn't bring myself to eat it, I eat with my eyes and it just looked awful, very soupy with no meat in site. Nothing like the "Indian" food we are normally served in this country.
This is a Hindu festival, and meat is not served on these occasions. By all accounts the food was delicious. You missed out.
[quote][p][bold]RuleBritania[/bold] wrote: I worked at one of these a few years ago. The people were very nice and friendly, they offered us a free meal as is customary but I couldn't bring myself to eat it, I eat with my eyes and it just looked awful, very soupy with no meat in site. Nothing like the "Indian" food we are normally served in this country.[/p][/quote]This is a Hindu festival, and meat is not served on these occasions. By all accounts the food was delicious. You missed out. wonderfullife
  • Score: 2

8:43am Fri 5 Sep 14

wonderfullife says...

RuleBritania wrote:
I worked at one of these a few years ago. The people were very nice and friendly, they offered us a free meal as is customary but I couldn't bring myself to eat it, I eat with my eyes and it just looked awful, very soupy with no meat in site. Nothing like the "Indian" food we are normally served in this country.
This is a Hindu festival, and meat is not served on these occasions. By all accounts the food was delicious. You missed out.
[quote][p][bold]RuleBritania[/bold] wrote: I worked at one of these a few years ago. The people were very nice and friendly, they offered us a free meal as is customary but I couldn't bring myself to eat it, I eat with my eyes and it just looked awful, very soupy with no meat in site. Nothing like the "Indian" food we are normally served in this country.[/p][/quote]This is a Hindu festival, and meat is not served on these occasions. By all accounts the food was delicious. You missed out. wonderfullife
  • Score: 2

8:52am Fri 5 Sep 14

wonderfullife says...

This annual celebration has taken place at the East Beach for the last 10 years. The Southend council has each year given a welcome approval for this event. This event attracts people from all over the country and has enhanced Southend's popularity. The festival is open for everyone to enjoy.
This annual celebration has taken place at the East Beach for the last 10 years. The Southend council has each year given a welcome approval for this event. This event attracts people from all over the country and has enhanced Southend's popularity. The festival is open for everyone to enjoy. wonderfullife
  • Score: 3

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