At Chinmaya Mission – During our spiritual semesters we celebrate all of the festivals of Hinduism with emphasis on understanding its significance, its message, making it relevant to our younger generation with its logic and symbolism. Our festivals are a time to reflect and renew our commitment to selfless service in pursuit of unconditional happiness.
Chinmaya Mission Students and volunteers help organize the biggest Deepavali celebrations with their partner Srishti, that draws 900 Londoners to the events. Celebrations start with Lakshmi Puja, followed by a cultural entertainment program, vegetarian dinner and professional fireworks. Children also take part in traditional Rangoli competitions etc. Chinmaya students put together a skit or presentation based on the Ramayana, related to the significance of Deepavali at these celebrations. For pictures from the last event click HERE
Chinmaya Mission London students and volunteers help organize the biggest Holi event in downtown London, with their partner organization Srishti. The event drew almost 2000 Londoners in a celebration of Colours and Joy. The event starts off with a Ganesh Puja, led by a Acharya Sachin ji of Chinmaya Mission Kitchener. For pictures from this event – click HERE
Students celebrate with a Special Puja in which everyone participates, led by Acharya Vivek ji.
Hanuman Jayanti –
This celebration is marked by 108 times non-stop recital of Hanuman Chalisa and a Jnana Yagna. For event pictures click HERE
Jnana Yagna (Knowledge Series)
Over 4 days, every evening for 2 hours, Acharya Vivek explained the Hanuman Chalisa in detail, the message and significance of the Hanuman Chalisa. He explained how we could inculcate the message and the qualities of Hanuman ji into our daily lives to be happy, better human beings, successful everyday and giving our life a purpose. Each day the session was attended by at least 50 people, for 5 days.
Hanuman Chalisathon –
About 100 people including children joined in to chant the Hanuman Chalisa 108 times. It was a sight to watch and listen to the chanting led by children of our Balavihar. They sat through the 4 hour Chalisathon and chanted it with enthusiasm. An whole hour of chanting was dedicated to the earthquake stricken people of Nepal – chanting for their peace and security. Dinner was served to attendees after the event. The event also raised about $11,000 all of which would go to empower financially challenged student at Chinmaya Vidyalayas in India, provide health care facilities to the village of Siruvani in India’ infrastructure projects @ Chinmaya Mission Niagara and a $1000 towards reconstruction in Nepal via the PM of India’s relief fund.
Matr Puja –
Children perform ‘Paad Puja of their mothers on Mother’s Day.
Children and families celebrate Rakshabandhan with the Chief of Police and Police officers of the London Police Force. The event is led by a Chinmaya Acharya and done in partnership with our partners Srishti. Children tie Rakhis to Police Officers and offer them sweets as the pray for their well being in return for the security they provide us on a daily basis. For pictures of such a celebration, click HERE