New Vrindaban’s 1st Festival of Colors a huge success

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By Lilasuka dasi

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HUGELY SUCCESSFUL FESTIVAL OF COLORS AT THE PALACE OF GOLD

(MOUNDSVILLE, WEST VIRGINIA) - Yesterday, Sat. Sept. 15, the Palace of Gold near Moundsville WV hosted its first Festival of Colors, which was a great success.

There were over 1,080 people who came through. This resulted in large, exuberant crowds of happy, dancing, singing, color-throwing participants.

The Festival of Colors, based on an ancient Indian traditional festival called “Holi” is neither religious nor secular – it is a gathering of people united in the desire to celebrate life, where everyone is invited to join in.
New Vrindaban, home of the Palace of Gold, sponsored this year’s Festival.
One of the festival-goers exclaimed: “It was an awesome show.. There were about 12 of us in our group. We had a wonderful time. Best time that I had in a long time.”

Many of the festival-goers resolved to “definitely come back next year and bring my friends.”

Here is a link to a video clip from the Festival:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6JeAXkLsQ0&feature=plcp

Lilasuka dasi
Communications Director
ISKCON New Mathura Vrindaban
3759 McCreary’s Ridge Road
Moundsville, WV 26041
phone: 304-843-1600 ext. 106

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1 Akruranatha

It is nice to see that many young people are attracted by this festival to go to New Vrindavana, but I am eager to hear about how they were exposed there to Krishna consciousness. Did they purchase books, take prasadam, talk about Krishna? I see in the video clip that devotees were chanting Hare Krishna, but did the young guests also chant and get some taste for chanting?

I am sure they did, but I would like to hear more about this kind of success of the festival.

I guess this article is a press release that is intended to publicize the event among nondevotees. What I would like to hear more in a Dandavats article, written by devotees for devotees, are highlights of the transcendental aspects of the festival and its success in introducing Krishna consciousness to the guests.

I do take it for granted that if over 1,000 people came to New Vrindavan and chanted and presumably took prasadam and associated with devotees it was a wonderful thing. I have been impressed with seeing articles about the Utah “Festival of Colors” and how many people come and attend. I just want to hear more about that aspect of it.

Are there exhibition booths (such as those at a Ratha Yatra festival?) Are there classes or explanations of Krishna consciousness? What were the reactions of the guests? Did they get books? Did they like the prasadam? Did they like the chanting? Did they see Deities or not? Did they think about whether God is Krishna?

I am not saying the festival should be run way rather than another way. I am just interested in a devotee’s perspective on how it was run, and why, and whether it accomplished those goals. The press release is just too bare bones: it leaves me eager to understand more about what happened. From what is written here the impression is that it was kind of a fun party with some Maha Mantra lyrics in the music, but it leaves me eager for more details.

It does not even mention that it was a vegetarian party with no drugs or alcohol, though as devotees we know that’s the kind of party it was, and even that should be noteworthy to outsiders (because nondevotees are so accustomed to getting intoxicated at parties, and eating meat).

I understand it could be smart to craft the press release in that way (to attract people who may not be attracted to come to a strictly religious Krishna festival), but I want to hear about the successes (and room for improvement) of the festival from a devotee’s perspective.

Comment posted by Akruranatha on September 24th, 2012

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