Indians gear up for Janmashtami

About 200 to 300 volunteers are meeting every evening for a month to paint, cook, create exhibits, design costumes, practice plays, film videos, construct stages and scores of marquees to prepare for the largest and most colourful Hindu gathering that takes place outside India every year.

On August 26 and 28, Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna temple near Watford will host the annual Janmashtami festival to receive over 75,000 visitors and pilgrims. The entire festival is managed and run by volunteers from the community who gather every evening after work for a month prior to the event and put in countless hours of hard work for the occasion.