Although World Cup host Brazil is still reeling from a 7 – 1 loss to Germany on Tuesday July 8th, football fever still grips the country as the World Cup barrels towards the Germany vs Argentina final on Sunday June 13th.
In the midst of it all, a large Harinama party of ISKCON devotees has been a hit as they travel to the major cities where World Cup games are being held, as well as to viewing parties in nearby locales.
The devotees are bringing their own message – celebration of God’s names. And the audience for them is huge.
Bhakti Dhira Damodara Swami and Bhakti Narasimha Swami at FIFA Fan Fest in São Paulo, 06.12. On this day, Brazil vs Croatia at Corinthians Stadium in São Paulo.
“Brazil usually receives a lot of tourists, but never like this,” says Harinama party member and professional football commentator Sri Krishna Murti Das. “Around 700,000 people came from all over the world for the World Cup. The hotels are crowded, the roads are crowded. People from Chile came with 4,000 cars and trailers. Three guys from Colombia spent over a year traveling to Brazil on a rickshaw just to see the World Cup. It’s crazy.”
Colombia fan with a colombian devotee
Sri Krishna Murti explains that the World Cup has always been a time to get together with family and friends in Brazil, and with the nation hosting this year, the mood of togetherness has only heightened.
“All over the country, people are getting together on the streets, or gathering at city-organized parties in squares or on beaches to watch the game on big screens,” he says.
Bhakti Narasimha Swami leading a harinama in Rio de Janeiro. 06.18 At that day, Chile 2 vs 0 Spain in Maracanã Stadium, in Rio
It’s not just the numbers that are ideal – the mood is, too. “Generally, when we do Harinamas, people in Brazil are Continue reading