Friday, September 3, 2010

Hare Krishna! Janmashtami 2010

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The Philippines as a Christian country celebrates Christmas every 25th of December to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. The practice is not only limited to the Philippines, but other Christian nations as well. Traditions vary depending on the culture of course. Attending the Simbang Gabi, preparing a festive Noche Buena and opening Christmas presents are just some of the activities Filipinos do every yuletide season. Christmas is celebrated differently however by our overseas Indians friends.

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Last September 02, 2010, at the Sri Sri Radha Madhawa temple located at San Antonio Village, Makati, Janmashtami was celebrated. Same with Christmas, the latter is celebrated to commemorate the birth of a Supreme who happens to be Krishna. The night was filled with cultural activities such as chanting/singing, dancing, stage plays, and a festive vegan dinner for everyone.

Jamnashtami derived from the rich traditions of India. It is practiced with utmost respect. The temple is open for everyone who wishes to see and worship Krishna and Radha. One must take off footwear before entering the temple. Before , the altar door closes in preparation for the solemn night. 

At the strike of , the altar doors open and behold Krishna and Radha in their best dresses. The melodic music and chants then filled the air. Others simply clap their hands and dance with the chant. Each devotee takes turn in sprinkling flower petals and offering incense to their creator. 

Regardless of your religious beliefs, Sri Sri Radha Madhawa welcomes you to celebrate with them Jamnashtami.


Listen to the Krishna Chant, press play!

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