List Of Events
One of our main goal is to have deaf devotees become more involved in workshops, lectures, festivals and meeting. So do check back on this page often we will have regular updates.
Here you will find detailed description of individual events RKDA has been involved in over the years and where the event had taken place.
RKDA encourages you to come and attend festivals/events with us and other devotees. This will give you an opportunity to learn more about the events, celebrate festivals and meet new people.
Diwali - Festival Of Lights
Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. It is also an occasion for celebration by Jains and Sikhs.
The festival of Diwali extends over five days. Because of the lights, fireworks and sweets involved, it's a great favourite with children. It celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance, although the actual legends that go with the festival are different in different parts of India.
In Britain, as in India, the festival is a time for thoroughly spring-cleaning the home, wearing new clothes and most importantly, decorating buildings with fancy lights. The British city of Leicester is noted for its Diwali celebrations.
At Radha Krishna Deaf Association we arrange Diwali party every year which provides everyone with an oppurtunity to meet other devotees from around the UK. For the past years this event has been huge sucess attracting large number of crowd and we were delighted to have the Mayor of Brent Cllr Harbhajan Singh join us to celebrate our 10th anniversary in 2010.
This year's Diwali party will be held at : Coventry Deaf Club, Herford Place, Coventry, West Midlands, CV1 3JZ
Janmastami - Birth Of Krishna
Janmashtami also known as 'Gokulashtami' or 'Krishna Jayanti' marks the birth of Krishna, one of the most popular Gods in the Hindu pantheon. The first day is called Krishan ashtami or Gokul ashtami. The second day is known as Kaal ashtami or more popularly Janam ashtami.
We go to the temple and sing holy songs known as 'Bhajans' or 'Kirtans', which are traditional Hindu songs. It is believed that Krishna was born at midnight and it is at this time that the true festivities commence. Food is prepared from milk and curds said to have been favoured by Krishna.
Some choose to fast for the first day of Janamashtami, choosing only to eat after the midnight celebrations. Dances and songs are used to venerate and remember this supreme God. Plays are also carried out re-enacting scenes from Krishna's early life.
In Temples images of Krishna are bathed and placed in cradles, whilst the shankh (conch shell) is played and bells are rung. Holy mantras are also chanted to venerate Krishna. Given the significance of Krishna in the Hindu pantheon, Janamashtami is celebrated with great importance and consideration.
In 2010 We Attendeed Janmastami At - Bhaktivedanta Manor , Dharam Marg , Hilfield Lane, Aldenham, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD25 8EZ
Rathyatra - Chariot Festival
Rathayatra is the International Society for Krishna Consciousness‘ biggest street festival – it features three huge, wooden chariots pulled by hand. All throughout the festival there is constant singing, chanting, drums, cymbals and dancing.
In London they have three carts, one for each of the Deities of Jagannatha, Subhadra, and Balarama. At the end of the procession, there is a big gathering of devotees with feasting, stalls and spiritual entertainment.
More information can also be found on Official Rahyatra Website
Rathyatra 2011 Details :
- This year Rathyatra will take place on Sunday 12th June 2011
- The carts will arriving in Trafaglar Square At 15:00 PM
- Everyone will be meeting in the left corner next to the stairs of the museum.
Holi - Festival Of Colors
Holi is the Hindu festival that welcomes the spring and celebrates the new life and energy of the season. This is the most energetic Indian festival; filled with fun and good humour.
Holi is also called 'The Festival of Colours', and people celebrate the festival by smearing each other with paint, and throwing coloured powder and dye around in an atmosphere of great good humour.
During the evening of the full moon, bonfires are lit and food offerings are roasted. These bonfires not only purify the air of evil spirits, but mark the story of Holika and Prahalad. The festival is officially celebrated on the day after full moon during the month of Phalunga, which falls in February-March.
In 2010 We Celebrated Holi At : Bhaktivedanta Manor , Dharam Marg , Hilfield Lane , Aldenham , Watford , Hertfordshire , WD25 8EZ
Ramnavmi - Birth Of Lord Rama
Rama Navami celebrates the birth of Lord Rama, son of King Dasharatha of Ayodhya. Rama was an incarnation of Vishnu and the hero of the Ramayana, the Sanskrit epic of 24,000 stanzas.
The festival is a focal point for moral reflection and being especially charitable to others. Celebrations at places associated with Sri Rama, like Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh and Ramesvaram in Tamil Nadu, attract thousands of devotees.
This Year We Attendeed Ramnavmi At - Bhaktivedanta Manor, Dharam Marg, Hilfield Lane, Aldenham, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD25 8EZ
AGM - Annual General Meeting
This is held once every year to review the past year in greater detail and set objectives for the upcoming year.
Radha Krishna Deaf Association would like this oppurtunity to say thank you to everyone that was able to attend the meeting. A warm welcome to our new committee members and thank you for those who have stepped down from their roles for their services.
AGM 2011 had taken place on - Saturday 14th May 2011 At 15:00 PM - 18:00 PM
The meeting consisted of following :
- Summary of the progess made by RKDA in 2010-2011
- News about upcoming events and projects for the year 2011-2012
- Speeches by current RKDA members
- New members will be introduced
- Displaying the new website