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.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Your guide to Festival of India (Ratha-Yatra)

1:43:00 PM By Vijay Teli

The wait is almost over! Your guide to the 47th annual Festival of India (Ratha-Yatra) is below:

Toronto’s 47th Annual Festival of India will launch with a spectacular parade that will cruise down Yonge Street, beginning at Yonge & Bloor, and make its way down to the lake. During the parade, three ornate, 40-foot tall floats will be hand-pulled by participants amidst ecstatic singing, drumming, and dancing creating a wondrous, carnival-like atmosphere. Parade participants and spectators are encouraged to join in the excitement by singing and chanting along to the world-famous Hare Krishna mantra:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare;
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

For 47 years, this annual parade has brought the splendour and tradition of India’s spiritual roots to Yonge Street, generating a vibe like no other summer event in the Greater Toronto Area.

Parade Information:
 Date & Time: Saturday July 13th 2019 – 11:00 am to 2:00pm
 Transit: TTC Bloor Subway Station

Parade is only on Saturday, July 13th and begins at 11am at Yonge and Asquith (north of Yonge and Bloor near the Toronto Reference Library). The closest TTC subway station is Yonge/Bloor station. The parade goes down Yonge street and ends at Queens Quay and Freeland St.

Click here for the Parade route in Google Maps 

Centre Island
After the parade on Yonge, Festival of India celebrations continue for the remainder of the weekend at Centre Island. Festival attendees will be treated to a  host of family-friendly activities, including:
Free Vegetarian Feast
The highlight of the Festival of India has to be the sumptuous free vegetarian feast, which will present the flavours, spices and colours of the East to festival attendees. Vegan options will be available.
Arts & Culture
The centrepiece of the festival site is a beautiful and soul-riveting programme of devotional music and dramatic dance from the ancient subcontinent. Be sure not to miss the massive closing kirtans on both days!
Presenting a fun-filled marketplace with arts, crafts, jewellery and much more, our Bazaar will present plenty of excitement for the avid shopper!
Kids Zone
Our family-friendly festival would not be complete without an area dedicated to our young ones! Arts and crafts, yoga, magic show and several activities to keep them busy all day!
Non-Stop Kirtan
Come experience the power of devotional chanting, or kirtan! Kirtan has roots that go back over 500 years to India and is a form of Bhakti yoga (the yoga of devotion) and has the power to open the heart. Non-stop kirtans wlll be featured at the festival and will close out the main stage program on each day!
Ask, Discover, Explore
Time to delve deep and ask, discover and explore the spiritual side of this ancient philosophy. Some very practical topics will be presented by our seasoned Bhakti practitioners at our Spiritual Seminars and Q&A tents.
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The festival is open to and free for the all. With its diverse assortment of celebrations and activities, Festival of India at Centre Island is sure to offer something for everyone!
Although the festival itself is free, you still need to buy the ferry tickets to get onto the Centre Island. You can purchase your tickets now through the City of Toronto’s online ticketing system using the button below to avoid any delays at the ferry docks on the day of the festival.

Purchase Ferry Tickets now!