Rathayatra is the International Society for Krishna Consciousness biggest street festival.
It features huge, wooden chariot pulled by hand in a grand procession.
All the way through there is melodious singing, chanting and dancing to rhythmical drums and cymbals.
The procession ends with a stage show, a festival and delicious vegetarian prasadam feast.
The 17th Anniversary of the Birmingham Ratha Yatra Festival 2017 promises to be a spectacular event with a City Centre procession and festival, incorporating all the exoticness, vitality and colour that is in India.
Don’t miss the spectacular grand procession of the enormous Jagannatha Chariot at 11am on Sunday 23rd July 2017 from Victoria Square to the City Centre and back again, followed by a free festival in Victoria Square (with traditional dance, music and drama, meditation area, market stalls and a free vegetarian feast,). Young and old can expect a great day of spectacle, participation and enjoyment.
The Ratha Yatra festival is perhaps the oldest continuously celebrated spiritual festival in the world. The chariot of ‘Jagannatha, ‘Balarama’ and ‘Subhadra’ is splendidly decorated each year, and then pulled by crowds through the city streets. People of all nations and faiths are invited to join in this festival “for the soul”.
This is our 17th annual carnival in Birmingham, a celebration which has seen over 6,000 people participating each year, with this year being no exception! The festival is full of life and free to attend.
We encourage all communities to participate and hope all kinds of public will attend. Moreover there will be important dignitaries attending this festival. Previously the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, the Indian High Commissioner and Spiritual Leaders of our Movement have all attended this event.
If you would like to help out in anyway then please fill out the Volunteer Service Form, this service is transcendental so don’t miss out in taking part. Any service done will be greatly appreciated.
Date: Sunday 23rd July 2017
Time: 11am – 6pm
Venue: Victoria Square, Birmingham City Centre.
Info: Festival in Victoria Square afterwards. Festival includes: Stage Shows, Free
Vegetarian Food, Book Stall, Gift Stall and much more.
For parking, please use:
Snow Hill Station
Birmingham B3 2BJ
Only a 5 minute walk away from Victoria Sq with a flat rate of £3.50 (08.00 till 21.00) with 800 car spaces.