El Paso residents are invited to experience Indian cuisine, tradition and culture at the upcoming float festival.
The festival will begin at noon on Saturday, October 2, with a traditional parade of the Ratha Yatra celebration, followed by the festival at 401 E. Main St. across from the Indigo El Paso Downtown hotel.
The festival will feature authentic Indian / kirtan music, theatrical performances, yoga, meditation / transcendental stalls, a gift shop and a free vegetarian feast.
“We are delighted to present this special holiday, Ratha Yatra, to our community of El Paso,” festival organizer Madhi Nair said in a press release. “We invite everyone to come to the festival to enjoy this cultural tradition, shows, food and activities. It’s gonna be fun.”
Ratha Yatra is derived from two Sanskrit words: Ratha which means chariot or car, and jātrā, which means journey or pilgrimage. The tradition of celebrating Ratha Yatra dates back thousands of years and is one of the most celebrated events in India and around the world, according to the statement.
The floats that will be presented at the El Paso parade were designed and built over the months in Los Angeles.
A kirtan group, Mayapuris, will perform at the festival, and there will be stage performances by Prema Collective. You will be able to purchase traditional Indian products during the event.
María Cortés González can be reached at 915-546-6150; [email protected]; @EPTMaria on Twitter.