Ratha Yatra literally means Chariot Festival. Ratha Yatra originated 5,000 years ago in India, on the East Coast state of Orrisa, in a city called Jagannatha Puri. The Festival celebrates Lord Krishna’s return to Vrindaban and is held annually in the months of June-July to honor Lord Jagannatha. Millions of people from around the world descend upon of Jagannath Puri (India) to celebrate this unbelievable festival.
Today, the Festival of the Chariots is performed around the world, including down 5th Avenue in Manhattan , along Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach and through Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Baltimore held its first Festival of Chariots in 2002 and has become one of the largest celebrations outside of India.