Please accept my humble obeisances, All Glories to Srila Prabhupda.
It’s been great to meet so many devotees and members of the public over the past month. The start of the festival calendar has already been a busy one with trips to Yate, Alton, Reading and central London.
As well as visiting schools and supporting devotees with their local services, we’ve also been able to partner with other ISKCON programmes to hosts visiting sannyasis to the UK.
Over 150 students and teachers at Brimsham Green School in Yate danced and chanted with us on March 22nd.
The Hare Krishna Festival Team was invited along to share philosophy, lead kirtan and explain what the Hare Krishna mantra is all about.
In an email sent to staff shortly after we left by the Head of Sixth Form, she said:
“Can I just say again a massive thank you for such a brilliant morning. The students really engaged and appreciated the sessions that you organised. It was fantastic!! I think we will be hearing ‘Hare Krishna’ mantras for many days to come in the common room.”
Here’s a short YouTube clip from the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewcnYnFDwwU
The first Hall Programme of the year was held in Reading on Thursday 23th March, 7pm, at the Reading Irish Centre. The evening included kirtan, dance, video presentations, philosophy, our popular shop stall, and delicious vegetarian prasadam.
We were also extremely pleased to welcome HH Hridayananda Dasa Goswami who gave an inspiring talk to members of the public about Krishna Consciousness.
HD Goswami Public Lectures – Alton and London
On Saturday 25th March in Alton, Hampshire and Saturday 1st April at Student Central in London, Hare Krishna Festivals UK (along with Food for All London) teamed up with Krishna West London to host the visit of Hrydayananda Dasa Goswami to the UK.
Maharaj gave two motivating public talks which attracted devotees from afar and members of the public who came along for the first time. Photos and video footage are available online.
Jayapataka Swami Vyasa Puja Kirtan and Harinam, Edgware
After a morning of kirtan, discussion, arati and philosophy, devotees held an ecstatic harinam through the town.
The next stop on the Hare Krishna Festival Team’s 2017 tour will be in Northampton on Friday 5th May, at 7pm, at the Doddridge Centre, 109 St James’ Road, Northampton (NN5 5LD). The evening will include kirtan, dance, video presentations, philosophy, our popular shop stall, a magic show and delicious vegetarian prasadam.
We’ll leave Bhaktivedanta Manor at 1.30pm on the day of the Festival ready for a Harinam in the town at 3pm. If any devotees would like a lift please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org or TEXT 07737 192156).
We’ll also be in the town on Harinam on:
- Saturday 22nd April, 12.30pm
- Saturday 29th April, 12.30pm
Meeting place for all Harinams is Morrisons Car Park (26 Victoria Promenade, Northampton NN1 1HB).
We’ll leave Bhaktivedanta Manor at 11am each Saturday from the back car park (next to the Bakery). If any devotees would like a lift please let Narada know (email@example.com or TEXT 07737 192156).
Looking forward to seeing you at the upcoming Festivals and Harinams.
Photos and films from all events and festivals are available on our Facebook page: Hare Krishna Festivals UK. You can also subscribe to the Hare Krishna Festivals UK YouTube channel for weekly film updates www.youtube.com/user/HareKrsnaFestivalsUK