Janmashtami celebration this Saturday

A scene from last year's Janmashtami celebrations.

Preparations for the annual Janmashtami are in full swing.

Devotees from the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) are enthusiastically inviting the community to this important festival, which will be held on August 12 at the Swami Sahajananda Community Hall at 3pm.

Janmashtami commemorates the earthly appearance of Lord Krishna, who is described in India’s sacred scriptures as God Himself.

One of the biggest religious festivals in the world, it is celebrated by nine hundred and thirty million people around the world–and two million in the US alone.

To devotees, it’s Christmas and New Year’s in one, a day of deep spiritual renewal and celebration that effectively finishes an old year and begins a fresh one.

This year, attendants can expect religious songs, transcedental dances, a cake cutting ceremony as well as a play entitled Rantidev.

It is definitely not to be missed out on. The guest speaker is Rathim Krishna Das who was initiated by His Holiness Partha Sarathi das Goswami.

He joined Iskcon in 1996 in Cape Town and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Natal University. With extensive travels, he preaches about experiences and challenges in Krishna Consciousness.

To conclude the festivities, a sumptuous vegetarian supper will be served.

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Ronelle Mungaroo

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