‘Enchanting’ event in Barrie to celebrate Krishna’s birth

The August 21 event at the Kiwanis Pavilion along the shores of the city’s lake will include food, music and more

Local organization prepares to hold second annual Shree Krishna Janmashtami celebration in Barrie

ISKCON Barrie will host the event on August 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kiwanis Pavilion near the Southshore Center.

“Janmashtami is the birthday of Lord Krishna and is observed all over the world as the Festival of Joy,” ISKCON Barrie explained in a press release. “Through this celebration in Barrie, we will be able to delight the local Barrie waterfront crowd. Highlights of the event will be the rocking of Baby Krishna cribs, bhakti yoga, mantra meditation, ecstatic live music, dance performances, book distribution and free vegetarian meal service during the celebration.

All proceeds from the event will go to “ISKCON Barrie’s many areas of responsibility over the coming year.”

The organization educates children through lessons in morality and discipline through bhakti yoga and other art forms. He also runs a monthly Food 4 Life initiative to provide food for international students and, during the pandemic, has donated meals each month to the local women’s shelter.

It also hosts monthly “Sanga” events to raise awareness of traditional Vedic culture and serves a free vegetarian feast to the public.

Plans for the coming year include classes for children and adults focusing on a variety of topics, including marriage, parenting, language and music.

More information about ISKCON Barrie can be found on its Facebook page.

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