Hare Krishna Festival brings colour to Croome, Pershore, UK
By James Connell
A TOUCH of the exotic brought a rainbow of colours to a country house during a vibrant Hare Krishna festival.
Croome was overflowing with vivid colours at the weekend (Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14) as the Hare Krishnas celebrated their time at the National Trust mansion house and parkland as these photographs by Tracey Blackwell show.
As part of Heritage Open Days, visitors had free entry to enjoy a weekend of theatre, singing, dance and culture at Croome’s Hare Krishna Festival near Pershore.
Amongst the colourful stalls selling jewellery, scarves and gifts visitors had the opportunity to have their hands decorated using traditional Henna painting techniques or enjoy an invigorating massage.
The cooking demonstrations proved particularly popular, giving visitors a chance to pick up tips on how to cook the perfect chapati or sample some free vegetarian food at the stalls.
The festival culminated in a lively performance of music, song and dance with traditional Indian instruments such as the sitar being played.
Becky Wilks, visitor services assistant said: “The annual festival gave visitors a chance to find out about another chapter of Croome’s story and we hope that all our visitors enjoyed the day.”
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness bought Croome Court in 1979 when famous devotee, George Harrison, reputedly released funds for the purchase to use the Grade I listed mansion as their headquarters. After stamping their own unique mark on the house, which can be seen in the colourful painted decoration of the dining room, they chose to relocate in Watford at Bhaktivedanta Manor which was also bought for them by the world-famous Beatles lead guitarist.