An alternative for Christmas was conceived and put into action
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
Daddy, why don't we have Christmas? What do we do? Don't we get presents, too? That question was heard in so many Hindu homes some 15 years ago that it inspired us to create a new holiday based on time-honored traditions. In cooperation with swamis, scholars and elders, an alternative for Christmas was conceived and put into action. Pancha Ganapati, a five-day festival celebrated from December 21 through 25, has since become a favorite in homes all over the world.