All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

New Year in Saint‑Petersburg

December 31st, 2005 — January 1st, 2006

Pictures and report by Syama Mohini devi dasi

Establishing the fireplace afloat
 
Besides fireplace, the soundproof doors were set, so now
children can play dowstairs not disturbing the audience
during the classes
 
One new element of desidn — a new wall,
on which the wall newspaper devoted to the Vyasa-puja of Srila Giridev
is hanging now
 
Lila Moi d.d., Urmila d.d. and Syama Mohini d.d. are decorating
the new year tree
 
The morning on December 31 occured to be really dreamlike
 
Evening arati in the decorated altar-room
 
 
Urmila d.d. just returned from India
 
Even the Deities Sri Sri Gauranga Radha-Madhava-Sundarjiu wore quite festive attire that day
 
Milana Severskaya performed after arati few classic bhajans to the accompaniment of violin
 
Even the youndest took part in the New Year programme
 
 
These nice well-dressed trees winked
with their lights to everyone gathered on that day
 
And in the meanwhile it was growing dusky outside and the ashram's veranda
was putting on more and more dreamlike air
 
Krishnamrita d.d. and Malika d.d., during prasadam
 
Urmila d.d. in her youth
 
Syama Rupa and Ram Lakshman prabhus
 
Amrita Moi d.d. watching Urmila d.d. and Ramabhadra prabhu
competing with each other in playing the pipes
 
The begining of the festival prasadam,
Urmila d.d., Syama Mohini d.d. and Ananda Vardhan prabhu Brahmachari
 
The celebrations afloat
 
Santa Claus (Saragrahi prabhu)
and his Snow Maiden (Syama Mohini d.d.)
 
Vijay Raman Prabhu accepts New Year's
congratulations from Ksyusha
 
To get a present one must perform something.
Sumangola d.d. and Annu Gita d.d. are telling
the Santa Claus (Saragrahi prabhu) poems
 
Jashodanandan redeems his present
 
The first kirtan of year 2006!!!
 
And at the end of the evening everyone joyfully
played in the game called «blind man's buff»