This weekend in Vancouver, I headed out for the local Hare Krishna celebration, the 41st annual Chariot Festival of India (or, ratha yatra).
To my understanding, this tradition has been practiced in India for thousands of years, and has come to be celebrated in countries around the world since the popularization of the Hare Krishna movement in the 1960’s. In India, it’s practiced on an enormous scale, with a number of impressive, colourful chariots being pulled by masses of people to its final destination at a nearby temple. Here in Vancouver, the chariot was pulled a few kilometres along the ocean to rest at Stanley Park, where there was loads of information not only on the religion itself, but on vegetarianism/veganism. And of course, no Hare Krishna event would be complete without the free veggie feast!