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Festival of Joy at Klyde Warren Park

April 27 All day

Festival of Joy 2024

The Festival of Joy is a yearly festival that happens in spring at Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas.

This festival, also known as Ratha Yatra or Festival of the Chariots, is celebrated in many other global city centers including New York’s Fifth Avenue and London’s Piccadilly Circus, and promises to bring a vibrant celebration of South Asian spiritual heritage and culture to the Arts District.

The event begins in the park, with a parade procession. Participants will pull the large, colorful chariot along Flora Street, accompanied by the singing of ancient Sanskrit mantras and the sounds of traditional musical instruments. After the procession returns to the park the main stage will feature non-stop classical music and dance performances. There will also be a variety of cultural and educational exhibits including traditional crafts and cooking demos, yoga and meditation instruction, face painting, mehndi (henna tattoo), traditional dress-up, ethnic street food stalls, and a free vegetarian feast provided by Kalachandji’s.

The Ratha Yatra Chariot Festival has been observed annually in the city of Jagannath Puri in Orissa, India for over 3,000 years, making it the world’s longest-running street festival. The giant chariot carries Lord Jagannath – in Sanskrit, jagat means the universe, and nath means Lord. Pulling the Lord of the Universe’s chariot is considered an honor, and an opportunity to achieve eternal benefit. Upon seeing this festival, the English colonial governors of India coined the present-day word juggernaut, aptly meaning a massive, inexorable force.

Details

Date:
April 27
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
Website:
https://festivalofjoydallas.com/

Organizer

kalachandji
Phone
214-232-6645
Email
festivalofjoydallas@gmail.com
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Your Name

Atul Vohra

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[email protected]

Event Contact

214-232-6645
2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy
Dallas, TX 75201 United States
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214-716-4500
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