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Thousands at celebration [Birmingham Mail (UK)]

August 12, 2013


BIRMINGHAM city centre streets were transformed by a colourful procession.

The Ratha Yatra Festival of Chariots, attended by an estimated 6,000 people, involved a special festival which aimed to incorporate all the exoticness, vitality and colour of India.

Yesterday morning the enormous Jagannatha Chariot made its way from Victoria Square to the Bullring and back again.

This was followed by a free festival in Victoria Square with traditional dance, music and drama, meditation area, market stalls and a free vegetarian feast.

The Ratha Yatra festival, which is celebrating its 13th year in the city, claims to be the oldest continuously celebrated spiritual festival in the world.

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