Janmashtami 2023 is right around the corner. With September 7, 2023, being the official Krishna Janmashtami 2023 date, devotees of Lord Krishna are busy planning and prepping for how they will celebrate the birth of their Nath-khat Bal Gopal. Although Janmashtami celebrations in India are a spectacle to behold with every region and every state having its own unique way of commemorating the occasion, many countries in the world also witness the grand celebration of Krishna Janmashtami.
Yes, Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami is not just limited to India, it’s a global celebration and is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm across the world. The vibrant and energetic festival of Janmashtami sees people of color and races all around the world, come together dancing in joy at the birth of their beloved deity. We are sure you’ll be excited to book flight tickets and apply for visa online once you have gone through this list. Because, if not Janmashtami 2023, then you might definitely want to celebrate your Janmashtami 2024 in one of these countries!
Let’s read more about the countries that celebrate Krishna Janmashtami!
The birthplace of Lord Krishna, India, witnesses Janmashtami festival celebrations unlike no other place in the world. Since the Krishna Janmashtami 2023 date is near, make your hotel bookings online now and set off on a tour of India to any destination of your choice to witness the great enthusiasm and grandeur with which Janmashtami in India is celebrated. Depending upon which part of the country you are in, you can witness everything from the “Dahi Handi”, where enthusiastic young men and women form human pyramids to break a pot filled with butter and curd suspended high above the ground to the “Raas Leela” performances depicting the mischiefs and life of young Lord Krishna.
The birthplace of Lord Krishna’s beloved Radha, Nepal isn’t far behind when it comes to Janmashtami celebrations. In Nepal, devotees fast till midnight, read shlokas from the Bhagavad Geeta, sing bhajans, and carry elaborate processions around as a part of the festivities. The Narayanhiti Krishna Mandir in Patan Durbar Square and other temples of lord Krishna in Nepal which are included in our Nepal tour packages witness a wave of devotees chanting “Narayan, Narayan”. With Nepal being visa-free for Indians, you can easily plan a trip to Nepal for Janmashtami 2023 without needing a Nepal visa!
3. United States
If you have to pick one place to witness truly diverse Janmashtami celebrations then we highly suggest getting your US visa and booking a US tour package, to experience Janmashtami in the United States! The Indian diaspora in the United States organizes vibrant Janmashtami festival celebrations. Major cities like New York and Los Angeles witness grand parades featuring beautifully adorned idols of Lord Krishna and large gatherings at temples and cultural centers. Events often feature dance performances, skits portraying Lord Krishna’s life, and lavish feasts.
4. United Kingdom
The UK hosts one of the largest Janmashtami celebrations in Europe. The Bhaktivedanta Manor in Hertfordshire and many temples in London and Leicester organize grand festivities that not only cater to the Indian community but also attract a diverse audience. Hundreds of devotees come together to sing bhajans, listen to the teachings of Lord Krishna, and attend midnight aarti to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna. With our UK tour packages, witness the celebration of Krishna Janmashtami in the United Kingdom, and experience the exciting blend of Indian traditions and British culture. Apply for your UK visa now!
Russia may not be an obvious choice for Janmashtami celebrations, but the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has a significant presence there and organizes a large-scale Janmashtami festival celebration. Get your Russia visa from the comforts of your home and plan a trip to Moscow’s Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple, a highlight of our Russia tour packages, that hosts a grand celebration of Krishna Janmashtami with kirtan, satsang, and a beautifully decorated temple altar. Devotees from various parts of Russia come together to sing and dance in devotion.
Down under in Australia, Janmashtami celebrations take place with much zeal and pomp. Don’t believe us? Book your Australia tour packages and get your Australia visa to see for yourselves how the Indian community comes together and celebrates its roots in the land down Australia. Cities like Melbourne and Sydney have temples that organize cultural programs, dramas depicting Krishna’s life, the popular “Dahi Handi” competition, and of course, a scrumptious vegetarian feast bringing a taste of India to Australia.
France, known for its rich cultural tapestry, is home to a diverse population, including a significant sized Indian community. Janmashtami celebrations in France offer a wonderful opportunity to witness the fusion of Indian spirituality with French charm. Cities like Paris, Lyon, and Marseille, which you must add to your France tour packages, decorate temples and cultural centers with flowers and lights, and come alive with excitement and joy during Janmashtami. And since with a France Schengen visa, you can visit 27 European countries, how about you planning a holiday in Europe after enjoying the spectacular Janmashtami celebrations in France? It’s a win-win situation!
With Indians getting an Indonesia visa on arrival planning a trip to the star of our Indonesia tour packages, Bali for Janmashtami will be as easy as 123! Known for its stunning beaches, lush landscapes, and vibrant culture, Bali has its own unique Balinese way of celebrating this auspicious occasion. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple hosts a grand Janmashtami celebration every year. During Janmashtami, the temple comes alive with traditional Balinese dance performances and music. The Balinese people often perform the Legong dance, a classical dance form, to depict scenes from Lord Krishna’s life.
In Mauritius, Janmashtami is not only a religious celebration but also a cultural extravaganza that showcases the island’s rich Indian heritage. The picturesque tropical island in the Indian Ocean comes alive with vibrant colors during Janmashtami celebrations. The melodious chanting of bhajans and reenactment of Lord Krishna’s childhood pranks and pastimes by young children dressed up as Krishna and Radha, add an entertaining touch to the festivities. Delicious feasts, including sweet treats like “makhan mishri” (butter and sweets), are prepared and shared with the community, reflecting the spirit of unity and togetherness. All you need is an all-inclusive Mauritius tour package to plan a quick trip to Mauritius as Indians can get a Mauritius visa on arrival!
This list goes on to prove that, Janmashtami is not just an Indian festival, people from all walks of life, from all corners of the world come together to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna, making it a truly universal festival and a beautiful example of cultural diversity and harmonious coexistence.
So, whether you’re planning to celebrate Janmashtami 2023 by fasting, feasting, singing, or dancing, or you plan to take off to one of these destinations for Janmashtami 2024, make sure to celebrate the message of love and wisdom that Lord Krishna imparts.
Happy Krishna Janmashtami!
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