*Update: This event has been canceled.
Probably one of the countries that you have on your bucket list of trips to Asia is the ever so colorful India. But if a trip to India is not included in your budget for this year, don't worry because the Festival of Joy 2020 in Dallas, a massive Indian cultural fest, is coming this spring. You'll feel transported to Delhi without even leaving Texan soil.
The Festival of Joy is an awesome way to immerse yourself in India's vast cultural and spiritual heritage. This is the third year this event is being celebrated and the festivities will take place on March 28.
You and your friends will enjoy live music and dance performances, along with delicious eats, games, and activities.
Make sure to check the schedule so you get to attend the fest's special events, such as an authentic Indian yoga class, trying on a Sari (traditional Indian clothing), or getting a henna design on your hands.
The best part of all this is that the festival is completely free and open to anyone who wants to attend.
The Festival of Joy will take place at Dallas' Klyde Warren Park. It normally has high attendance, so make sure to arrive on time to get a good spot for the shows.
It starts at 11:00 a.m. and lasts until 6:00 p.m.
The Festival of Joy is also known as the Festival of Chariots, or Ratha Yatra, and has its origins in an Indian tradition called bhakti.
As its name states, the objective of the fest is to spark joy and be united as family and friends.
The main event of this cool Dallas festival is the hand pulling of a colorful chariot along Flora Street to Klyde Warren Park.
The pilgrimage is accompanied by the singing of ancient Sanskrit mantras and the music of traditional Indian instruments.
After that, you can find a spot near the main stage where there will be a non-stop feature of Indian music and dance performances.
Also, don't miss the cultural and educational exhibits, including cooking, art, and craft demos, Ayurveda and holistic health advice, yoga & meditation classes, Vedic Astrology, face painting, and the traditional henna tattoos.
Once you have your gown, face painting, and tattoos ready, make sure to take a pic to remember the moment. Free photo booths will be scattered at the festival.
India's traditional food will also be an important part of the celebration. Ethnic street food stalls will be offering Indian delicacies.
You can also join a vegetarian feast that will be served to all the festival-goers.
If you want to attend the festival, make sure to park in one of these public garages near Klyde Warren Park. You can also take the McKinney Avenue Trolley or DART.
Festival Of Joy 2020
When: March 28, 2020
Address: Klyde Warren Park at 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas, TX
Why You Need To Go: Celebrate Indian culture at this awesome and colorful fest. You can attend and enjoy all of the celebrations for free.