Golden Moon Festival (Gaura Purnima) at Radha Kalachandji Hare Krishna Temple
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Hare Krishnas will celebrate the 533rd birthday of Sri Chaitanya, the mystic saint credited with pioneering devotional yoga and starting the practice of kirtan (sacred chanting) — both still done today. The festival will include kirtan, a ceremony, a lecture and a play about Sri Chaitanya, a parade through the neighborhood near the Radha Kalachandji Hare Krishna Temple, more kirtan and a free vegetarian feast.
The Dallas celebration starts at 6 p.m. in the temple room and will conclude around 9:30 p.m. The evening will start with kirtan (singing of the Lord’s names to music). There will also be a kind of ablution ceremony called abhisheka, in which forms of Caitanya and Nityananda are bathed with a variety of liquids. After there will be a class about Sri Chaitanya, followed by a play. Afterwards there is a parade around the neighborhood with more kirtan accompanied by devotees singing devotional songs, dancing and playing musical instruments. The festival concludes with a multi-course free vegetarian feast at 8 p.m.