Vinayaka Chaturthi is marked by the ritual of worship and fast throughout the day. The fast ends only on the next day. Vinayaka Chavithi usually falls on the first fortnight of each month. For Vinayaka Chavithi date 2012, consult the Hindu calendar. Vinayaka Chaturthi pooja vidhanam directs devotees to make Lord Ganesha wear red clothes, and sprinkle Gangajal all around the house to purify it, and also arrange for decorations with flowers and diyas.
People listen and exchange Vinayaka Chavithi songs, Vinayaka Chavithi pictures, Vinayaka Chavithi greetings where devotees religiously wish each other happy Vinayaka Chavithi. While performing the pooja, devotees recite the Vinayaka Chavithi Katha or narrate the Vinayaka Chaturthi story. All the puja material along with generous donations and sweets are offered to Brahmins as a part of the ritual. Vinayaka Chavithi pooja vidhanam strictly forbids the viewing of the moon on this day. The puja recipes invariably include 21 laddoos made of desi ghee and various other sweets such as moong dal ka halwa, kaju barfi, modak, rawa laddoo, and karanji. Ganesh Chaturthi puja vidhi is quite simple that includes chanting of the mantras and audio of chanting can be heard from various corners of the streets and houses.