To kick off the official countdown to the 44th Annual Festival of India, a special day-long launch party will be held at Yonge-Dundas Square. The festival will include a cavalcade of activities, attractions, and performances, including live art, vegetarian cooking demonstrations, free yoga classes, a South Asian bazaar, delicious food from Govinda’s, henna tattoos, face-painting, dress-in-a-saree booths, and more.
Also, be sure to stay until the evening to participate in an incredible, interactive mantra concert (kirtan) in which ancient sounds from the east will reverberate and grace Toronto’s busiest corner!
Festival of India is
thrilled to announce that once again we will beholding a pre-festival on July 15, 2016! Alongside many kirtaneers such as B.B. Govinda Swami, Amala Kirtan, Agnideva, Akinchana Krishna, Krishna Kishore and MANY MORE from across the globe. We will
be spiritually tearing the roof off with a 12-hour kirtan marathon, starting at 10:00AM until 10:00PM.
Chanting, drumming and dancing! 12 Hour Kirtan Festival at the historic Hare Krishna Temple on 243 Avenue Rd is an incredible 12-hours of chanting the famous Hare Krishna mantra. Featuring chanters from USA, India, Canada and more, this amazing experience is not to be missed!Prepare to ‘feed your soul’ with this extraordinary one-of-a-kind kirtan event at Festival of India.
The Festival of India has taken place in Toronto
for over 40 years, yet its rich history actually stems from thousands
of years of tradition and heritage. The festival begins with a vibrantparade down Yonge Street in which three giant floats are hand-pulled by thousands of attendees and spectators amidst melodious singing, chanting, drumming, and dancing. Everyone is invited to come walk, chant, sing or dance in the parade.After the parade on Yonge, Festival of India celebrations 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, & drama performances – Arts & Culture
a bustling South Asian Bazaar – Vendors
intriguing exhibits on ancient spiritual culture and heritage
an outdoor yoga festival – Yoga Meltdown
a fun-filled and educational children’s area including yoga for children.
Yoga Meltdown is Toronto’s largest outdoor, spiritual yoga festival. This unique “festival within a festival” runs as a part of the Festival of India atCentre Island.
We are very excited to announce that YogaMeltdown is back for 2016. We areexcited to announce that the festival will be taking place this year on Sunday, July 17, 2016!The picturesque, serene beauty of Centre Island with its lush parks and cool breezes from the lake will form the backdrop for a feast for the senses. YogaMeltdown will present attendees with a chance to unwind, rejuvenate and invigorate themselves. This is the very goal of YogaMeltdown – to provide an opportunity for spiritual seekers, yoga enthusiasts, vegans/vegetarians and anyone who is curious about yoga to come out and deepen their understanding of yoga and its physical, mental and spiritual benefits.