Festival of Chariots to take over the Promenade this weekend

Festival of Chariots to take over the Promenade this weekend

The Festival of Chariots is an event hosted across the Western world under many different names like The Festival of India and Ratha Yatra (Sanskrit word meaning Festival of Chariots) by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Various cities across the U.S., Europe, Russia, Australia, India and Africa host this festival annually. In Cape Town, this colourful festival is celebrating its 10 year anniversary. This also coincides with ISKCON celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The festival is open to the general public, free of charge. This year it will take place on Sunday, December 18, at the Seapoint Promenade (opposite the SABC Buildings). The street parade starts at 10am and the main events on the site commence at 1pm and goes on until 5pm. The City of Cape Town is a sponsor of the Festival of Chariots.

The fun-filled street parade kick starts the festival, leaving from the festival grounds proceeding along Beach Road past the public baths and returning along the same route. Central to this street procession is a gigantic, decorated cart being pulled by hand by the participants, accompanied by festive music and beautiful dances.

At the festival grounds, festivalgoers can expect to experience musical, yoga and drama presentations, henna and face painting and various talks and books on yoga and spirituality. No festival is complete without food, and this festival is no different in this regard. There promises to be interesting and delicious foods and snacks, not seen every day in Cape Town, to tantalize taste buds.

For more information, the organisers can be contacted at info@iskconcape.org.za; or by calling 0783352849, or 0844343451.