Ratha Yatra or Chariot festival is unique in which three Hindu gods are taken out of their temples in a colorful procession to meet their devotees. The biggest of these processions takes place in Puri in the eastern state of Orissa, while the other takes place in the western state of Gujarat. This journey is documented in undated Hindu sacred texts known as the Puranas which are believed to have been written a few thousand years ago.
Ratha Yatra is being organized in Wroclaw, Poland since few years. This year it was held on the 27June 2021 at Pl Solny, Wroclaw. After few processions of the chariot around the Rynek square, the artistic program started on a platform located at the Pl Solny. Many themed tents with books, souvenirs and Indian snacks were present at the venue. The person who brought Ratha Yatra Festival to the streets of the West was Shrila Prabhupada A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, Hindu spiritual teacher and founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness [ISKCON].
Holi is another popular ancient Indian festival, also known as the “Festival of Love”, the “Festival of Colors”, and the “Festival of Spring”. The festival celebrates the eternal and divine love of Radha Krishna. There is a symbolic legend to explain why Holi is celebrated as a festival of triumph of good over evil in the honour of Hindu god Vishnu and his devotee Prahlada. As the fire roared, the cloak flew from Holika and encased Prahlada, who survived while Holika burned.
On Sunday 11 July 2021, Holi festival is being organized for the first time in Wroclaw. More details about the festival can be found “here”.