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Festival Of The Chariot

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by glenop (subscribe)
So much to little time to see it all.
Pull a chariot, sing, dance and get a free Indian meal
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The festival chariot and driver

The seventh Festival of the Chariots or Ratha Yatra sets off this Saturday, July 13th in Liverpool at 10.00 am. Ratha Yatra is now celebrated by devotees of Lord Krishna all over the world with festivals in New York, Toronto, London, Durban and even St. Kilda.

It's one of the oldest street parades in India and is celebrated with great fun and fanfare at the Indian city of Puri. The sea of people in the procession call out for Lord Krishna's attention as they await their turn to pull the cart. Just like the original festival in India, it is celebrated with all the glitz you would expect with a richly decorated and bejewelled chariot (in reality an engine-less 10 tonne Isuzu truck) and a huge procession of devotees.

The street parade route starts at Bigge Park and rolls along Moore Street, George Street, Scott Street and Northumberland Street before returning to Bigge Park when the festivities begin. There will be Cultural shows with classical Indian dancing and music. There's also a variety of cultural displays, and best of all, a free vegetarian Indian food feast. After all that hard work pulling the chariot, you deserve it.

Up to 5000 people are expected. Everyone is invited to participate and you can have a go at pulling the chariot, sing and dance or just follow the procession.

The festival aims to increase awareness of Indian culture and art, showcase its rich culture as well as promote peace and harmony among communities.

For me, it's a culturally enriching experience enjoyed in an atmosphere of fun, and good free food.

While in Liverpool, take a walk up the southern part of George Street with its countless Indian fashion shops, spice and sweet shops as well as some excellent restaurants.

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The festival procession

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Ratha Yatra in Puri, India. Photo: G.-U. Tolkiehn
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Why? Imerse your self in Indian culture with music, dancing and food
When: 13 July 2013
Where: Bigge Park Liverpool
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Thanks for promoting this culturally enriching experience. Never knew it happened in Sydney
by 1nerd (score: 2|113) 2390 days ago
Bigge park is less than 5 minutes walk from stationLiverpool railway
by glenop (score: 2|823) 2389 days ago
this sounds cool
by rakhi (score: 0|4) 2389 days ago
It would really help if there was a "How to Get There" instruction for people who do not have a car.
by Glynis (score: 0|9) 2389 days ago
shuck - missed this - if I'd seen it earlier I may have made an effort to get there ...
by ultim (score: 2|424) 2388 days ago
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