Make your Janmashtami celebrations a little special
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Make your Janmashtami celebrations a little special

Bathe and dress the Krishna idol with other devotees

Make your Janmashtami celebrations a little special

The festival of Janmashtami is dedicated to welcoming Lord Krishna in all his glory. Everyone have their own ways of celebrating the occasion, however, there are a few rituals that are common throughout. Below are some of such rituals that you can perform to celebrate and enjoy the festival a little more.

Begin fasting at dawn

Fasting is one of the most essential and ubiquitous parts of the Janmashtami holiday. You can observe a fast on the occasion to celebrate the festival more traditionally.

Participate in group devotional songs and chants

Singing kirtan, or songs of devotion, glorification, or praise, is another important element of Janmashtami celebrations. Not only is it fun and devotional, it actually makes one feel like a part of a festival. Also, kirtans bring people together.

Prepare flower garlands and other decorations for the temple

Help decorate the temple in your home or in your neighbour to participate in the holiday's religious and festive elements.

Read from religious scriptures and watch religious reenactments

The texts most commonly read from or acted out during the Janmashtami celebrations include the Bhagavad Gita and the Bhagavata Purana. You can read from these scriptures on the occasion andaube expand your knowledge.

Bathe and dress the Krishna idol with other devotees

Washing the deity of Krishna and dressing it in new clothes is another vital aspect of Janmashtami.

Witness the unveiling of the Krishna idol at midnight

At midnight, priests pull apart the curtains that typically hide the deity of Krishna to reveal the newly bathed and clothed deity on its decorated altar.

Bring food to the temple as an offering

Bring traditional Janmashtami snacks and dishes to the temple to take part in this important conclusion to the holiday.