Sunanda das (ACBSP):
Now in it’s seventh year, the annual Baltimore Rathayatra and Festival of India brings together devotees and friends of ISKCON from all the major Northern East Coast cities each year for ecstatic samkirtan, prasadam, preaching and transcendental bliss in the service of Srila Prabhupada and Lord Jagannatha right in the heart of downtown Baltimore’s world famous Inner Harbor. Thousands of plates of prasadam and hundreds of books are distributed to passersby who also get an opportunity to view and read the Festival of India exhibits and experience Vedic drama and dance, chanting of the holy names and other spiritually uplifting presentations. Representatives from major political offices present Citations of Appreciation each year and the event has now been proclaimed Hare Krishna Rathayatra Day by the Mayor of Baltimore, Sheila Dixon. This year the Baltimore Rathayatra will be celebrated on Saturday, May 30th. Contact ISKCON Baltimore at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.baltimorekrishna.com for more information.
MAYOR SHEILA DIXON
DESIGNATING MAY 30, 2009,
‚ÄúHARE KRISHNA RATHAYATRA DAY‚ÄĚ
WHEREAS, the City of Baltimore celebrates its diverse community and has respect for all groups who have chosen to make this city their home; and
WHEREAS, the Indian community maintains an important role in our city and contributes to our social, spiritual, and economic welfare; and
WHEREAS, this event includes Baltimore‚Äôs Seventh Annual Rathayatra, the 2,000-year-old Parade of Chariots, and the Festival of India, a colorful display of culture, music, art, spirituality, and vegetarian food; and
WHEREAS, this day is sponsored by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, a non-profit organization that promotes the well-being of human society by teaching spiritual principles and values; the event is expected to draw several thousand people and is a day of fun and education for the entire family.
THEREFORE, I, SHEILA DIXON, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF BALTIMORE, do hereby proclaim May thirtieth as ‚ÄúHARE KRISHNA RATHAYATRA DAY‚ÄĚ IN BALTIMORE, and do urge all citizens to join in this celebration.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set the Great Seal of the City of Baltimore to be affixed this thirtieth day of May, two thousand nine.