If you live or have spent any time on Sea Point’s promenade during the glorious summer months, there’s a good chance you’ve witnessed the wonderfully colourful parade of people and floats whirling down the street. This lively procession of bright colours, intoxicating aromas and rhythmic chanting is all part of the annual Festival of Chariots.
A Song and dance
This ancient Hindu festival, celebrated by all major cities around the world, is brought to Cape Town by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Devoted festival goers – carrying statues of the Hindu gods Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra – customarily surround a series of hand-pulled floats singing, chanting, drumming and dancing their way down the street all in celebration of ancient Vedic wisdom.
A festival feast
Visitors are invited to join in the celebrations by following the parade, or partaking in some of the other activities available on the day, such as an energising yoga session, a reflective meditation, or decorating yourself with some henna body art.
And if after all the dancing and singing you have built up an appetite, there’ll be a delicious spread of sweet and savoury vegetarian cuisine to tuck into. For more info, check out their Facebook page.