DURBAN FESTIVAL OF CHARIOTS CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF ISKCON
The eagerly awaited Festival of Chariots takes place this year over the Easter Weekend, from the 25th– 28th March, at the Old Durban Drive. Organised by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, this iconic festival kicks off a year of celebrations that marks the 50th anniversary of ISKCON, and the organisers are pulling out all the stops to make this a most exciting and memorable festival yet.
Rathayatra is celebrated by devotees of Lord Krishna all over the world. The festival was introduced to the west in 1967 by ISKCON’S Founder His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
The smiling figures of Lord Jagannatha, Lady Subhadra and Lord Balarama ride on three huge, colourful wooden chariots and are the focus of the festival, accompanied by dancers, singers and musicians.
Rathayatra is ISKCON’s biggest street festival. The chariots are pulled by hand in a grand procession and four days of festivities continue thereafter at the old Durban Drive-In.
Festival-goers can expect a lifestyle expo with health and wellness experts, a children’s adventure park, a multi-cultural stage show with local and international artists, music, theatre, puppet shows and dance drama, gift and clothing boutiques, international food stalls, ISKCON’s famous free hospitality meals and much more. Entry is free and there is ample parking available. All are welcome to dive into the exciting and transcendental weekend planned.