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‘Enchanting’ event in Barrie will celebrate birth of Krishna

'Enchanting' event in Barrie will celebrate birth of Krishna

Aug. 21 event at Kiwanis Pavilion along the city’s lakeshore will include food, music and more

A local organization is getting ready to hold its second annual Shree Krishna Janmashtami Celebration in Barrie

ISKCON Barrie will host the event Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kiwanis Pavilion, near the Southshore Centre.

“Janmashtami is the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna and is observed all over the world as the Festival of Joy,” ISKCON Barrie explained in a news release. “By this celebration in Barrie, we will be able to enchant the local Barrie crowd at the waterfront. The highlights of the event will be swinging the cradles of Baby Krishna, bhakti yoga, mantra meditation, ecstatic live music, dance performances, book distribution, and serving free vegetarian meals during the celebration.”

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

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

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

Plans for the upcoming 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.