SLIDESHOW: Colourful celebrations with Festival of Chariots

Queens Square was full of joy and celebration on Saturday (August 10) when followers of Krishna held their Festival of Chariots.

Dozens of brightly dressed worshippers danced their way through the square to the Memorial Gardens, inviting passers-by to join in.

Festival of Chariots

Festival of Chariots

The Ratha Yatra festival originated in Puri, India, some 3,000 years ago.

Sanjay Parekh, who helped organise the event, said: “Essentially, pulling the chariot represents pulling the Lords into our hearts, and opening up the door to love one another putting religion, race, and other differences aside.

“The festival was introduced to the west by the founder of the Hare Krishna Movement, His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada, in the 1960s, and is now celebrated in every major city around the world.”