Ganesh, I am sure you have seen his face before. He is the Elephant- Headed God who is so loved in India and well known outside of it. He is one of the most well-known of the Hindu Deities.
This year his birthday is being celebrated September 12th-23rd, the Hindu holiday is called Ganesh Chaturthi.
There are a few stories of his birth, one that I have heard the most starts with his mother. Goddess Parvati, devoted wife to Lord Shiva, she wanted to take a bath, she asked Shiva's bull Nandi to watch the door and let no one in. As she was lathering herself in oils and turmeric paste, much to her dismay Lord Shiva walked in! She was angry that Nandi did not listen to her, Nandi listened to Lord Shiva first.
The next day she was to bath again and from h