Many prominent Mumbai Ganeshotsav Mandals are now deciding against celebrating the festival on August 22, 2020. Since COVID-19 shows no signs of stopping so far, the famous Ganeshotsav Mandal of Mumbai is now waiting for February 2021 to celebrate.

According to reports, the Gaur Saraswat Brahmin community, along with 21 Ganesh mandals of Khetwadi, has decided to postpone the festival till February 15, 2021. According to the report of a leading newspaper of the city, the executive chairman of Brihanmumbai Sarvajan Ganeshotsav Sammanvay. The committee has confirmed that Mandal will celebrate in February 2021.
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February is the chosen month for the festival, as it is the birthday of Lord Ganesha. The festival will take place on 15 February, popularly known as Maghi Ganesh Jayanti. Ganesh Chaturthi is usually celebrated around August-September, but this time, fear of an epidemic has forced the festival organizers to rethink. This festival is usually celebrated with great pomp, as entire Maharashtra comes together to celebrate this auspicious occasion. With social differences in mind, celebrating this festival in the month of August will not be a great idea.

Mumbai can still witness some celebrations, as those who decide to proceed with the festivities this August will follow strict rules. The ceremony would have to be quieter than in other years, and the statues should have a height of fewer than 3 feet. Furthermore, it has also been reported that people should not be forced to donate money for festivals as many people have lost their jobs during this epidemic. Also, there will be no grand immersion on the streets of Mumbai, as idol immersion will be done by only four people.

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