Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami along with elders of various Hindu groups.
The winter solstice is the traditional season to worship Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed Lord of Culture and the Arts.
During the festival of Pancha Ganapti Hindus create and decorate a shrine in the main living room of the home. The focus of the shrine is a statue of Lord Ganesha, and each day the children of the home dress the statue in a different coulour.
On 21st December the colour is yellow to create a vibration of love and harmony in a family. People sit together and talk about any strained relationships, and offer forgiveness to one another. They then remind themselves of the good qualities of other people, and that it is futile to try and change other people.
On 22nd December the colour blue is used to create a vibration of love and harmony among neighbours, relatives and close friends. People offer apologies and clear up any misunderstandings, and give gifts. The gifts are not opened, but placed before the statue of Lord Ganesha.
On 23rd December the colour red is used to create a vibration of love and harmony among business associates and the public at large. On this day people give gifts to employers and employees, and settle all debts and disputes.
On 24th December the colour green is used to energise the vibration of joy and harmony that comes from music, art, drama and dancing. Families and friends gather together to enjoy their artistic gifts.
On 25th December the colour orange is used to bring love and harmony to everyone, and to experience an outpouring of love and tranquillity.