New Talavana's Annual Cow Festival
ISKCON New Talavana (Mississippi, USA) holds its 6th annual Cow Festival on Saturday October 20th from noon till 7 PM.
The cultural program includes live music and dance performances, face painting and cow decorating, butter churning and cow milking, cooking with cow fuel, fireworks and many more.
The New Talavana farm community was established in June of 1974 by suggestion of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of ISKCON. It was also Prabhupada who named the project as New Talavana.
Talavan is one of the twelve forests around Vrndavana, a city in India where Krishna incarnated 5,000 years ago. Krishna and His cowherd friends would go there and play, rest, eat and watch their cows as they grazed.
New Talavan has been famous for its organic gardening and for protecting cows for over 35 years.
A video about last year's Festival of Cows: