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Be sure to mark your calendars and come visit the 41st Annual Festival of India (also known as Ratha-Yatra) from July 13th – 14th, 2013 for an unforgettable experience. 

The event begins with a euphoric parade down world-famous Yonge Street (beginning at Bloor and continuing south to Queens Quay). The celebrations then shift to Centre Island for two days of festivities expected to draw close to 40,000 people.  The festival is open to the public and free for everyone. 

Toronto’s 41st Annual Festival of India will launch with a spectacular parade on July 13th starting at 11:00am in front of the Toronto Reference Library that will cruise down Yonge Street, from Yonge and 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. 

After the parade on Yonge, Festival of India celebrations will continue for the remainder of the weekend at Centre Island. 

Festival attendees will be treated to a sumptuous and FREE vegetarian feast along with a host of other family-friendly activities, including:

  • a massive, outdoor tented pavilion
  • acclaimed music, dance and drama performances
  • a bustling South Asian Bazaar
  • intriguing exhibits on ancient spiritual culture and heritage
  • traditional face-painting
  • an outdoor yoga festival – Yoga Meltdown
  • a fun-filled and educational children’s area including yoga for children (Register here!)

Attention all kirtan and yoga enthusiasts! The Toronto Kirtan Community has partnered with Yoga Meltdown 2013 again this year! Come join us on Sunday July 14th, 2013 on Centre Island for the 6th Annual Yoga Meltdown, Toronto’s largest, free outdoor spiritual yoga and kirtan exhibition. With free outdoor yoga classes, kirtan, mantra meditation sessions, yoga-inspired performances, vegan cooking demonstrations, a free vegetarian feast, and much more, the Sixth Annual Yoga Meltdown celebrates yoga in a dynamic and uniquely holistic way.
We would love to see you all there to enjoy a FREE yoga class and partake in the festival festivities!
Please register in advance:

The festival is open to and free for the all. With its diverse assortment of celebrations and activities, the 41st Annual Festival of India at Centre Island is sure to offer something for everyone!

Children’s Yoga
Yoga Meltdown recognizes that you’re never too young to start living a healthy and holistic lifestyle, which is why this year the Yoga Meltdown festival will feature a special yoga class just for kids. The children’s yoga class will provide a safe and soothing environment for your child to practice yoga in a supervised outdoor setting on Centre Island. The class will be held from 1-2pm on Sunday, July 14th at the children’s tent.Please visit www.yogameltdown.com to register your child, or call 1-888-535-FEST (3378) for more information.

The Toronto Kirtan Community is a partner with the  Yoga Meltdown.

YogaMeltdown Schedule  July 14th, 2013 – Sunday from 12pm – 8pm
(schedule says an earlier finish but Madhava prabhu’s kirtan always ends late)

Kirtan Workshop Tent – Q&A, artist history, about their instruments….
1 – 1:45pm Balarama Tirtha Das and Dhanya Gaurangi Devi Dasi
2 – 2:45pm Madhava Das
3 – 3:45pm Amala Kirtan Das
4 – 4:45pm Gaura Mani Devi Dasi
Yoga Classes at Centre Island (July 14th, 2013) – pls bring yr own mat
12 – 1pm For Yoga Meltdown (Deva)
1 – 2pm Yoga Sanctuary (Susan Hwang)
2 – 3pm Moksha Yoga Downtown (Rachael Kess)
3 – 4pm Jaya Yoga (Tricia Hatch)
4 – 5pm For Yoga Meltdown (Kimberley)
Yoga for Children at Children’s area (Centre Island)
1pm Zen Beginnings
Mantra Meditation Tent
12 – 1pm Kirtan and Japa
1 – 2pm Why meditate: What’s in it for me?
2 – 3pm Kirtan and Japa
3 – 4pm Making time for meditation
4 – 5pm Why chant Hare Krishna?
Question & Answers Tent
1 – 2pm How to Manage Anxiety? (By HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami)
2 – 3pm The Atheist and the Yogi – Can One be Both? (By Krsnanandini devi dasi)
3 – 4pm Are You Really What You Eat? (By Dravida das)
4 – 5pm Is Yoga More than Just Postures and Asanas? (By HH Vedavyasapriya Swami)
Cooking Demo Tent
12 – 1:15pm Guacamole and Salsa
1:15 – 2:30pm Roasted corn salad
2:30 – 3:45pm Spicy bean chilli
3:45 – 5pm Churros