Tradition and History
This festival celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna, whom many Hindus consider to be the Supreme, or God Himself. He is said to have appeared about fifty centuries ago in a town now called Mathura, some ninety miles south of Delhi.
How to observe the Festival
The main deities, usually of Krishna and His consort, Radha, are given new clothes and decorated gorgeously with jewelry and flower garlands. Everyone fasts until midnight, singing devotional songs and hearing stories about Krishna. At midnight there is a beautiful arati ceremony followed by a feast.
Fasting until midnight