Ganesha Chaturthi ( also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi), is the Hindu festival celebrated on the occasion of birthday of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, and who is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees in the duration of this festival.
Ganesha is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of travel. While celebrated all over India, it is most elaborate in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa.
Outside India, it is celebrated widely in Nepal and by Hindus in the United States, Canada, Mauritius, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma and Fiji. (~ source Wikipedia)
Lord Ganesha Symbolism
Big Head ~ Think Big
Large Ears ~ Listen More
Small Eyes ~ Concentrate
Axe ~ To cut off bonds of attachment
Rope ~ To pull you nearer to the highest goal
Small Mouth ~ Talk Less
One Tusk ~ Retain good and throw away bad
Blessings ~ Blesses and protects on spiritual path to supreme
Trunk ~ High efficiency and Adaptability
Large stomach ~ Peacefully digest all good and bad in life
Modaka ~ Rewards of Sadhana
Prasada ~ The whole world is at your feet and for your asking
Mouse ~ Desire. Unless under control can cause havoc, you ride the desire
and keep it under control and don’t allow it to take you for a ride.