When: 1st Sunday in February (Festival Sunday of the St. Kilda Festival)
Where: Catani Gardens, St. Kilda
Agenda: pulling the chariot from Cleve Gardens to Luna Park and back to Catani Gardens (with chanting, dancing and distribution of treats); Vegetarian/Vegan Food Festival in Catani Gardens, including stage programs (dance, music, drama, children’s plays), and vegan/vegetarian eat-in or take-away.
Ratha-yatra, the Festival of the Chariots, is the oldest continuously celebrated spiritual festival in the world.
As far back as human records and memory extend – to the delight of millions of joyous pilgrims – each summer, in the town of Puri (on the Bay of Bengal in India), the splendidly decorated chariots of Lord Jagannatha have rolled.
Their towering red-and-blue silken canopies rise into the sky as drums and cymbals resound in celebration. People both young and old, their eyes bright with excitement, sing and dance in the street.
Beginning with San Francisco (USA) over forty years ago, Hare Krishnas have brought this tradition to the streets of cities all around the world.
The first time Melbourne hosted the Festival of the Chariots was in the 1970s. Fifty years later this ancient celebration returns to Melbourne as part of the famous St Kilda Festival. You can enjoy this unique festival to your heart’s content!
Visit our website – The Festival of Chariots