A free, family-friendly Dharma festival will be held in Kungsträdgården, Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday 30 August.
According to the main organization hosting the event, Sveriges Unga Dharmis och Ashavaner (Young Dharmic and Ashavan [Zoroastrian] youths of Sweden),there will be exhibition tents on the different Dharmic religions, and their beliefs about women rights, animal rights, human rights and duties, etc.
There will also be games, dance, sports, and other activites from ancient India and other cultural activities and workshops for children and youths.
Other sponsors of the “Dharma/Zoroastrian Cultural Festival 2014 For Love And World Peace” include the Swedish Ganesha Temple, Stockholm Hindu Mandir, Sveriges Buddhistiska samarbetsrådet, Unga buddhister i Stockholm, Indiska ambassaden, Svensk Indiska föreningen, Indien resor, Indcen resor, bengal-hinduisk föreningen, Stockholms zoroastrier, Sweden Telugu community, and VEDA Lila.
The event will represent Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, and Zoroastrianism.
According to information sent to People of Shambhala, “This cultural festival is mainly for children and teenagers who have their roots in the dharmic religions i.e. Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism and Zoroastrianism (an ancient Persian/ Iranian/Kurdish religion). The main themes of this cultural festival are love, world peace, anti-discrimination, anti-racism, and anti-violence. This cultural festival will also focus heavily on democracy issues as women’s rights and women’s issues.
“This festival is first and foremost to educate our children and youth about their cultural and historical heritage while teaching them about the democratic and human rights principles found in these cultures and traditions. This festival is also to other non-Dharmic/Zoroastrian people to make contact with these cultures, spending time getting to know each other and gain a greater understanding and respect for these cultures.
“This festival is very important for our children and young people growing up in Sweden and especially growing up in the suburbs where there is much prejudice and misconceptions about these dharmic religions which has also resulted in our children and young people have been and will still be discriminated and bullying for their belonging in either of these dharmic/Zoroastrian religions. So this festival is also to counter stereotypes about minorities in our society.
If you’re interested in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, or Zoroastrianism please check out the free festival at the Kungsträdgården, Stockholm, on Saturday 30 August.
And if you’d like to donate, to help offset the costs of the event, you can send you’re donation to Nordea Bank Bankgironummer 3300 710-1710. The clearing number is 3300, and the organisation number is 802452-5795.