Birmingham Ratha Yatra 2013 - Festival of Chariots
PAST EVENT - 11 August, Birmingham City Centre, 10:30am-4pm
The 13th Anniversary of the Birmingham Ratha Yatra Festival 2013 promises to be a spectacular event with a City Centre procession and festival, incorporating all the exoticness, vitality and colour that is India.
Don’t miss the spectacular grand procession of the enormous Jagannatha Chariot at 10.30am on Sunday from Victoria Square to the Bullring and back again, followed by a free festival in Victoria Square at 12:30 pm (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”.
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