Hare Krishna in the Park
Every year, I see colorful tents set up at the corner of Parc and Mont-Royal in Jeanne Mance Park for the Hare Krishna/Hindu festival. I’ve also seen the colorful chariot covered in flowers parade by. There’s always free food given out and you would think that me being me – where there’s food, I would be there – but oddly enough, I have never gone to check things out. This year, I decided to be more adventurous and went to visit the festival site. I looked at some of the displays, fingered some of the souvenirs, and even sat under a tent where I listened to some very rhythmic chanting taking place on stage. It was nice to see all the beautiful saris worn by the Hindu women and Hare Krishna devotees. I lined up for a free vegetarian plate which was generously filled with a mélange of Indian food and marveled at how many different people of various cultures also came to visit the site. Montreal is such an open-minded city and its festivals so inviting. If you’re interested in immersing yourself in some Hindu culture, the Festival of Chariots continues Sunday.