Hindu event starts today

Children dress up as Lord Krishna, painting their faces blue

Children dress up as Lord Krishna, painting their faces blue

First published in News Borehamwood Times: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

Thousands of worshippers will be blue today and Sunday at celebrations to mark the birth of Hindu deity Krishna.

The famous Janmashtami festival is a three day celebration that sees children dress up as Lord Krishna, painting their faces blue, carrying flutes and wearing peacock feathers. 

Held at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple in Aldenham, festivities will also include woodland walks, face painting and more unusually, cow painting.

Dancing, music and drama also makes up the celebrations, and around 1500 hard working volunteers have spent countless hours preparing free vegetarian food for all visitors.

A flowered walkway will also be opened through the spiritual gardens and around the lake to allow visitors to journey through the life and pastimes of Krishna.

This year marks the 39th festival held in the temple, which was donated to the Hare Krishna faith by the late Beatle George Harrison in 1973.

Last year, the celebrations attracted more than 60,000 people.

The world-renowned event, dubbed the ‘largest festival outside India’ will take place from Friday, August 10 and Sunday, August 12.

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