On Sunday, February 11th, ISKCON Auckland hosted their annual Festival of Colours, welcoming thousands to the Hare Krishna Centre campus, a 100-acre haven located 30 minutes drive from Auckland city center in New Zealand.
On February 10th, hundreds gathered in Phoenix, Arizona, for the annual Jagannatha Ratha-Yatra parade hosted by ISKCON of Phoenix. In addition to the procession, a festival was held at the Steele Indian School Park, which included book distribution, yoga and meditation, henna and face painting, children's activities, cultural programs, dance presentations, and the distribution of 1,000 plates of prasadam. Though inclement weather threatened the event, it was marked by a special divine touch.
Floridian youth and young adult devotees participated in the annual Gasparilla Parade held in Tampa, Florida, on January 20th, bringing the mercy of Lord Jagannath to the third-largest parade in the United States.
ISKCON Fiji will celebrate their Festival of Fiji on September 14th-22, 2024, as part of the 50th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's arrival in Fiji and the 20th anniversary of the installation of Sri Sri Radha Golokabihari in Suva, the capital city.
ISKCON Auckland, New Zealand, orchestrated a splendid series of Ratha Yatras spanning from November 25 to December 16, 2023. This grand celebration magnetized thousands of people who assembled fervently around the majestic chariots carrying the Deities of Lord Jagannath, Baladeva, and Subhadra.
In honor of the upcoming 150th anniversary of the appearance of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, the GBC Executive Committee is encouraging ISKCON leadership and congregations to gloriously celebrate the auspicious occasion. Committee members, including Revati Raman Das, Guru Prasad Swami, and Tapana Misra Das, have offered some suggestions for the observance of this festival:
2024 marks the 16th annual Radhadesh Mellows Kirtan Festival, which is being held at the Radhadesh Temple in Belgium. The three-day kirtan event, going on January 25-28th, begins today. It's no surprise that the capacity for in-person participation filled quickly, as this event has nourished thousands of devotees for over 15 years. 2024 marks the 16th anniversary of the Radhadesh Mellows Kirtan Festival, which is held annually at the Radhadesh Temple in Belgium. The three-day kirtan event, going on January 25-28th, begins today. It's no surprise that the capacity for in-person participation filled quickly, as this event has nourished thousands of devotees for over 15 years.
In a heartwarming celebration marked by devotion and unity, the Panca Tattva Mandir in Fond Du Sac, Mauritius, recently witnessed the auspicious installation of new deities, a significant milestone inspired by the vision of Srila Prabhupada that propels the temple into a new era of spiritual prominence.
The Sadhu Sanga Kirtan Retreat 2024 is scheduled to take place on Memorial Day Weekend (May 24-27, 2024) at the Frisco Conference Center in Dallas, Texas. We have reserved all available accommodations for our group in the Embassy Suites hotel attached to the conference center as well as in most nearby hotels that are just within walking distance. The furthest offsite hotel is only about half a mile away. So, no driving is required from any offsite hotels for most devotees.