The Reading Rathayatra Festival will take place at the end of July in the Forbury Gardens, and brings together thousands of people to enjoy a variety of activities and foods.
Rathayatra is a Hindu festival that is known in English as the "Festival of Chariots," and has a history that dates back 5,000 years. The one that will take place at Forbury Gardens will feature various family friendly activities, including a "magic show, dance performances, face painting, henna tattoos, and mantra meditation," and it will sell various books on subjects like yoga. The festival will also offer a vegetarian feast for attendees.
The purpose of this festival is to bring the community together, and gives the opportunity to "give something back, without prejudice or expectation of anything in return."