From the NY Times:
The area is next to a National Parks Service bird sanctuary, and nearby, two sanctuary maintenance workers picked up refuse on the beach and put it into garbage bags, always a big chore on Mondays because of the Hindus who gather on Sundays and make ritual offerings of flowers and coconuts and brightly colored flags of orange and yellow.
“It’s not so bad, except for the coconuts,” the first worker said.
The second worker added: “Yeah, they’re heavy and they weigh the bag down. It’s tiring.”
The first worker looked at Mr. Mangroo, wiped his brow and said, “Yeah, you got all types in this city.”
Mr. Mangroo walked down the shoreline staring at the water and stepping over a small statue of a ganesh on the small shiny rocks by the water’s edge. He said he was a Hindu, with all four of his grandparents from India.
“In Hindi, we call it puja,” he said, looking at the colorful flowers strewn all over the sand. “It’s a religious ritual, an offering. You offer these things — flowers and such — to the sea.”
In English, we call it "littering".