Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple

Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre (ISKCON Toronto), has always been the hub of a rich, vibrant and enthusiastic community. Whether it be grand festivals, programs at local universities and yoga studios, philosophical discussions, cooking sessions, or singing and dancing on the streets, there are events taking place for everyone's interest.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Ring in 2016 in Grand Fashion with Outdoor Kirtan!

11:43:00 PM By Kevala-Bhakti Dasa (Keshav)

There are numerous busy times of year for the Hare Krishna Temple here in Toronto when activities and events come in abundance and the temple is buzzing with excitement. The end of the year is certainly one of those times and is always a fun time for everyone as Toronto's Hare Krishnas are known for closing the calendar in style and ushering in the new year on a transcendent note! The following is your guide to spending New Years Eve with Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple!

As we do every year, devotees gather at the temple on New Year's Eve and then head over to City Hall to join the tens of thousands of revelers, ushering in the new year. However, we come armed with our drums, karatalas (cymbals) and voices as well!

Here's all that you need to know about this evening:
8:00pm - Kirtan will begin at the temple.
10:00pm - The kirtan will really pickup by this time!
10:30pm (approx) - Bundle up and off to Rosedale station.
11:30pm - We will start chanting in front of Old City Hall (NE corner of Bay & Queen)
12:00am - the kirtan will reach it's peak as fireworks set the sky ablaze!
1:30am (approx) - We'll get back on the subway and make our way back to the temple for hot ginger tea and snacks!


Some tips to keep in mind for this evening:
  • Come early to the temple - enjoy the kirtan and association of devotees before we head out to City Hall.
  • Dress warmly - it may be chilly, so dress in layers!
  • Don't worry about weather - whether it be snow, rain, hail or sleet, we will usher in the new year with kirtan!
  • Bring your voices - don't forget to chant with all of your hearts!
On New Year's Day, Friday, January 1st, 2016, Toronto's Hare Krishna temple will be hosting our annual Srila Prabhupada Festival!  Promising to be a great way to start the new year, the festival is usually one of the biggest of the year.

The grand festival on January 1st will feature plenty of kirtan, wonderful classes and a sumptuous feast to help ring in 2016!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is fascinating that this Swami has been doing the Hare Rama Hare Krishna chants in bitter cold on New Year's Eve for several years: decades perhaps. This truly is a hallmark of devotion. I am not a regular temple devotee, however visit the shrine whenever I want to find peace. And I do each time I am at the Hare Krishna temple on Avenue Road. Thank you HH Swami for being so devoted to Krishna.


Ram.
(Yes this is my legal name:)

Kevala Bhakti das (Keshav) said...

Thank you for sharing, Ram! You are absolutely right that the devotion shown by Bhaktimarga Swami is exemplary! Hare Krsna!

Kevala Bhakti das