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Festival of India 2010


Lord Krishna, a Hindu deity frequently depicted with blue skin and playing the flute, was a mischievous kid. As the story goes, Krishna was fond of stealing butter from the milkmaids. On the annual celebration of Krishna's birth--known as Janmashtami, which usually falls sometime between mid-August and mid-September--it is common practice for young men to form a pyramid to try to smash a high-hanging clay pot filled with butter.

Another messy ritual associated with Janmashtami is the painting of Krishna's mini footprints using rice flour and water, leading from the front of the house into the temple room. The footprints symbolize the arrival of Lord Krishna.

For Hare Krishnas, who believe that Krishna is the supreme Lord above every other god, Janmashtami is one heck of a throwdown. On Wednesday, Sept. 1, the Boise Hare Krishna Temple will host an all-night party complete with ritual chanting, traditional Indian music, Indian Bharatanatyam dances and a spread of more than 108 vegetarian dishes.

At 6:30 p.m., there will be an unveiling of the Phool Bungalow, a house of 10,000 flowers. In addition, there will be children's activities including a Krishna poster contest, a children's fancy dress contest, songs and plays.