Thousands turn out for Hindu Festival at Shoebury East Beach

Thousands turn out for Hindu Festival at Shoebury East Beach

Thousands turn out for Hindu Festival at Shoebury East Beach

Thousands turn out for Hindu Festival at Shoebury East Beach

Celebrations at the event

Thousands turn out for Hindu Festival at Shoebury East Beach

First published in Southend

THOUSANDS of people flocked to Shoebury East Beach for a hugely popular Hindu festival.

The festival celebrated the birthday of the Hindu god Ganesh, one of the most distinctive symbols of Hinduism thanks to his elephant’s head and huge pot-belly.

It is thought as many as 18,000 people attended from across Essex, Kent, Middlesex, London, the Midlands and even India.

A huge food tent in the field behind the beach served traditional Indian delicacies, while the main marquee, which contained statues of Ganesh and other gods, was filled with people praying, dancing and chanting to joyous live music.

At the end of the day Ganesh and the other statues were taken out to sea and immersed in the water, while worshippers chanted and showered them in flower petals.

One of the organisers, Jyoti Patel, from Hawkwell, said: “The belief is he is among us during the prayers and then he is released and free to return to his parents through the water.

“This is the fifth year we’ve held the Ganesh Visarjan festival.

“It gets bigger and bigger. It started off very small and maybe just over 2,000 people came.

“Now, people come in coaches from all over the country. Everyone really looks forward to it and we have a lot of fun.

“I would like to thank Southend Council for all its help with the organising, which seems to take me most of the year.

“This is a very religious day, as we are celebrating Lord Ganesh’s birthday.”

Ganesh is the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth.

The annual event in Shoebury is the biggest Ganesh Visarjan festival outside of India.

Suresh Varma, 58, from St Mary’s Close, Shoebury, was delighted to see so many Hindus worshipping together in Southend.

He said: “This is the main event for the whole year for the local Hindu community. It is both a colourful and enjoyable day and an important religious festival.”

Asat Chadha, from Northolt, Middlesex, said: “I’ve come here today with my sister who is visiting from India. This festival in Shoebury is very well known all over, even in Mumbai and other parts of India.”

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6:37pm Mon 31 Aug 09

evilc says...

Great stuff.

And please note there was not one single problem.

WHY because most Asian families have good family values, and work hard which is an asset to the community.

Unlike many of the work shy parasites that live in Shoeburyness and survive on benefits for their entire life.
Great stuff. And please note there was not one single problem. WHY because most Asian families have good family values, and work hard which is an asset to the community. Unlike many of the work shy parasites that live in Shoeburyness and survive on benefits for their entire life. evilc
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11:58pm Mon 31 Aug 09

keepitreal says...

evilc,
1.st.mary's close is in shoebury
2. £107 council tax i pay for living in shoebury that gets spent on playground equipment in southend.
3. not all shoebury people live on benefits and a lot work
4. you seem to post a lot which means you are probably a parasite
5. but i agree they always leave east beach cleaner than when they arrived.
evilc, 1.st.mary's close is in shoebury 2. £107 council tax i pay for living in shoebury that gets spent on playground equipment in southend. 3. not all shoebury people live on benefits and a lot work 4. you seem to post a lot which means you are probably a parasite 5. but i agree they always leave east beach cleaner than when they arrived. keepitreal
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11:34am Tue 1 Sep 09

southendcritic says...

evilc,
a little harsh don't you think!

why was this not advertised locally??
(ie) radio,posters, and so on???

i remember when this first started and only about 200 people came now 18,000! must be good then
might go myself next year i like indian food ;)

it's positive to here some good news about this town thow eh!
evilc, a little harsh don't you think! why was this not advertised locally?? (ie) radio,posters, and so on??? i remember when this first started and only about 200 people came now 18,000! must be good then might go myself next year i like indian food ;) it's positive to here some good news about this town thow eh! southendcritic
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12:29pm Tue 1 Sep 09

Winston Smith says...

southendcritic wrote:
evilc,
a little harsh don't you think!

why was this not advertised locally??
(ie) radio,posters, and so on???

i remember when this first started and only about 200 people came now 18,000! must be good then
might go myself next year i like indian food ;)

it's positive to here some good news about this town thow eh!
It was advertised, in the local press, and on local radio.

I go every year. It is always a brilliant experience, with a lovely friendly and welcoming atmosphere. There is never any trouble.

I believe this is because it is a Hindu festival, and Hindus are happy to live and let live, and do not wish to impose their beliefs on the world.

Compare that with the ever angry and demanding face of the so-called 'religion of peace', Islam.
[quote][p][bold]southendcritic[/bold] wrote: evilc, a little harsh don't you think! why was this not advertised locally?? (ie) radio,posters, and so on??? i remember when this first started and only about 200 people came now 18,000! must be good then might go myself next year i like indian food ;) it's positive to here some good news about this town thow eh![/p][/quote]It was advertised, in the local press, and on local radio. I go every year. It is always a brilliant experience, with a lovely friendly and welcoming atmosphere. There is never any trouble. I believe this is because it is a Hindu festival, and Hindus are happy to live and let live, and do not wish to impose their beliefs on the world. Compare that with the ever angry and demanding face of the so-called 'religion of peace', Islam. Winston Smith
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12:08pm Wed 2 Sep 09

Winston Smith says...

Soozie wrote:
Marshwalker wrote:
Evilc; Not all of us on benefits in Shoeburyness, are on them because we wanted to be on them! I have been made redundant 4 times, lost two homes, have had to move 140 miles to find work in my last job that has left me in very ill health. And most of that illness was caused by these so call good living indians. If had to work along side them, you soon find out they get first pick of overtime! Why, because their love of money, and will always use the race card when refused overtime. I did not even get a thank you from the foundry I working for, even after saving one these indian lives after they had done something studid try to cut corners on overtime. And one last thing, like many good engish men in this country I as well have been stichup on my company pension, and there is no Govenment body in place to look at companys that steal works pensions. So think before you talk about living in harmony with people from other lands!!
Perhaps you have been made redundant 4 times because of that sorry attitude you have eh?

Or perhaps the poor use of grammer and spellling? Maybe those 'indians' were better educated than you, ever think about that?

Illness caused by indians? What illness is that called?

Instead of having the 'i'm hard done' whimper, change the 'tude dude' and maybe your life will improve.

Funny how some people need to justify why they are on benefits and point the finger at anyone except themselves.
Not everyone on benefits is a scrounger or a layabout. The great majority are quite genuine claimants, with genuine problems and reasons for claiming benefits. It is only a tiny minority whose stories make the news who fiddle the system.
To make sweeping generalisations using the most vulnerable in society as a scapegoat for all Britain's ills is ignorant and short sighted.

Don't forget 'benefits' means everything from Supplementary Sick Pay to the state pension. It doesn't just mean jobseekers allowance (or whatever it is called this week).

[quote][p][bold]Soozie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marshwalker[/bold] wrote: Evilc; Not all of us on benefits in Shoeburyness, are on them because we wanted to be on them! I have been made redundant 4 times, lost two homes, have had to move 140 miles to find work in my last job that has left me in very ill health. And most of that illness was caused by these so call good living indians. If had to work along side them, you soon find out they get first pick of overtime! Why, because their love of money, and will always use the race card when refused overtime. I did not even get a thank you from the foundry I working for, even after saving one these indian lives after they had done something studid try to cut corners on overtime. And one last thing, like many good engish men in this country I as well have been stichup on my company pension, and there is no Govenment body in place to look at companys that steal works pensions. So think before you talk about living in harmony with people from other lands!![/p][/quote]Perhaps you have been made redundant 4 times because of that sorry attitude you have eh? Or perhaps the poor use of grammer and spellling? Maybe those 'indians' were better educated than you, ever think about that? Illness caused by indians? What illness is that called? Instead of having the 'i'm hard done' whimper, change the 'tude dude' and maybe your life will improve. Funny how some people need to justify why they are on benefits and point the finger at anyone except themselves.[/p][/quote]Not everyone on benefits is a scrounger or a layabout. The great majority are quite genuine claimants, with genuine problems and reasons for claiming benefits. It is only a tiny minority whose stories make the news who fiddle the system. To make sweeping generalisations using the most vulnerable in society as a scapegoat for all Britain's ills is ignorant and short sighted. Don't forget 'benefits' means everything from Supplementary Sick Pay to the state pension. It doesn't just mean jobseekers allowance (or whatever it is called this week). Winston Smith
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12:50pm Wed 2 Sep 09

Soozie says...

Winston, I never said everyone was a scrounger, There is a great deal of it, but I was pointing out to Marshwalker that perhaps he had been made redundant because of his attitude.....

And blaming his illness on the 'indians' is a stupid remark that was going to garner attention.

I know there are genuine claimants, but the scroungers are more in your face.

This site is terribly pokey today...annoying


Winston, I never said everyone was a scrounger, There is a great deal of it, but I was pointing out to Marshwalker that perhaps he had been made redundant because of his attitude..... And blaming his illness on the 'indians' is a stupid remark that was going to garner attention. I know there are genuine claimants, but the scroungers are more in your face. This site is terribly pokey today...annoying Soozie
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12:50pm Wed 2 Sep 09

Soozie says...

Winston, I never said everyone was a scrounger, There is a great deal of it, but I was pointing out to Marshwalker that perhaps he had been made redundant because of his attitude.....

And blaming his illness on the 'indians' is a stupid remark that was going to garner attention.

I know there are genuine claimants, but the scroungers are more in your face.

This site is terribly pokey today...annoying


Winston, I never said everyone was a scrounger, There is a great deal of it, but I was pointing out to Marshwalker that perhaps he had been made redundant because of his attitude..... And blaming his illness on the 'indians' is a stupid remark that was going to garner attention. I know there are genuine claimants, but the scroungers are more in your face. This site is terribly pokey today...annoying Soozie
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