The Festival of India will bring South Asia’s most endearing spiritual culture to the heart of downtown Toronto in a contemporary, exhilarating, and family-friendly fashion. In its 46th year, the festival continues to excite participants and attract onlookers as a feast for the eyes as well as the soul.
Proving that spirituality need not be far removed from society, the Festival of India will bring enchanting rhythms to Yonge Street on Saturday, where thousands of revelers will hand-pull three magnificent 40-foot tall floats in a grand parade. The procession will be accompanied by a fervid menagerie of drumming, singing, and dancing all the way from Bloor to Queens Quay. This vibrant parade, traditionally known as Ratha-Yatra, is actually a way of commemorating an age-old tradition of celebratory processions still annually held in the ancient Indian city of Puri, Orissa.
Celebrations will then shift over to Toronto Islands for the remainder of the weekend where festival-goers will find a massive, tented-outdoor pavilion that pulses with soul-enlivening food, music, shows, events, and activities.
On Sunday, bespeaking a rising awareness that yoga isn’t just about form-fitting pants, the Festival of India will present the Annual Yoga Meltdown. Celebrated as a “festival within a festival”, Yoga Meltdown is one of Toronto’s first free, outdoor spiritual yoga exhibitions. This unique event provides all yoga enthusiasts, from the simply curious to hardcore yogis, with a chance to explore yoga in a distinctively holistic way. With free outdoor yoga classes led by yoga studios from across the GTA, vegan cooking demonstrations, mantra meditation seminars and more, this mini-festival promises the public a rare opportunity to unwind and revitalize themselves amidst the splendor of Centre Island.
Who is it for?
All ages – Family
WHEN & WHERE
Saturday, July 13th 2019 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Begins at 11am at Yonge and Yorkville Ave, north of Yonge and Bloor near the Toronto Reference Library.
Toronto Centre Island
Saturday, July 13th | 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sunday, July 14th | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Yoga Meltdown: Sunday, July 14, 2019 | 12 PM – 5 PM
Road Closure: Asquith Avenue between Yonge Street and Park Road will be closed on Saturday from 5 to 11 a.m. for the Festival of India.
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