Ratha Yatra where the much beloved local deity of Jagannatha is brought out of the temple in a grand parade on a hand-pulled, several-story-high chariot. Much smaller versions of the parade are held throughout the world and this weekend was Philadelphia's turn!
(Etymological factoid: Ever heard of the word juggernaut? Its roots are in the name of Jagannatha!)
Bharata Natyam and is a featured presentation at the annual festival. I love watching all the little girls sitting at the edge of the stage, observing the dancers with rapt attention.
I saved the best for last. Here's my daughter holding her new crocheted Jagannatha doll! How cool is that? This was made by a cow sanctuary farm in Port Royal, PA called Gita Nagari. Throughout the years, this small farm has taken in many cows that would have been normally sent for slaughter after their "usefulness" had been drained at a commercial farm. The cows are lovingly taken care of and are able to freely roam the farm's many acres. You can adopt a cow at Gita Nagari to help the farm with their care. More information here.