A HINDU festival, Ganesh Chaturthi (the festival of Lord Ganesha), is becoming popular in Fiji and, according to the Fiji Sevashram Sangha, this year's celebration was the biggest ever.
Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated on the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati.
It is believed Lord Ganesh bestows his presence on earth for all his devotees during the festival.
Swamy ji Sanyukta Nand of the Fiji Sevashram said they were looking forward to a bigger celebration next year when devotees from the West and North would be invited to join the Central and Eastern division celebrations.
About 5000 devotees converged on the Fiji Sevashram Sangha to take part in a procession on Wednesday.
Swami ji said apart from other Hindu groups in the country, 37 Ramayan mandali (groups) celebrated the festival with Sevashram Sangha.
Devotees from Suva, Navua, Nasinu and Nausori took part in the procession in Suva where Lord Ganesha's statue was immersed at Suva Point.
Suva's special administrator Chandu Umaria said special banners were placed at different locations along the procession route.
Floodlights were also installed at the Suva Point foreshore to help devotees complete their rituals.