|Shobana Muratee (left), Lorrie Garrick, Syamavallabhi Devi dasi, Dr. Hansa Medley, Joyce Long and Sydney Strahan.|
Nearly, 500 guests gathered at the opportune time of the equinox and offered “Global Prayers for Peace’ simultaneously with the rest of the world. In tune with this year’s theme, Earthdance events around the globe pledged to focus on causes that work to promote gender equality and empower women, while fostering peace and harmony with each other and Mother Gaia (personification of the Earth). 50% of the profit from this year’s gathering will go to the Food for Life – Kids Meal Project.
The event began with everyone joining in a circle to offer a prayer. Gradually, the circle began to move as the enchanting music played on. As the music grew louder, the pace grew faster and magically everyone was drawn into a ‘spiral dance’ lead by the group Ecstatic Dance. This was followed by Chenda Melam, a traditional rhythmic drumming presented by Panjadi School of Kerala Drums. A ballet titled ‘Madana-Mohana Mohini’ was presented by the Natya Sakhi’s in collaboration with the Jiv Jago Youth Band portraying the love of Srimati Radharani, consort of the Supreme Lord Krishna. Other attractions were henna, face painting, ‘Try A Saree’, books on meditation and yoga, and captivating fire-spinners. A variety of vegan preparations were served as Prasadam to all attendees.