Indian community celebrates Lord Krishna’s birthday

POSTED: 08/24/11 6:01 PM

MARIGOT, St. Martin – The Indian community celebrated Lord Krishna’s birthday last Monday on the French side. Lord Krishna’s birthday, Janmashtami fell on August 22 this year. Lord Krishna took birth at midnight on the ashtami or the 8th day of the Krishnapaksha in the month of Shravan. This auspicious day is called Janmashtami. Indian as well as Western scholars have now accepted the period between 3200 and 3100 BC as the period in which Lord Krishna lived on earth.
The devotees of Lord Krishna commemorate the events of his birth by preparing elaborate representations. People fast on this day, usually a waterless fast. Pots of milk are hung from tall poles in the streets, and men form human pyramids to reach and break the pots–this in imitation of Krishna’s childhood play with the friends, when they stole the curds hung out of reach by their mothers. The festival is also a time for group singing and dancing, in both the folk and the classical traditions.

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