Krishna Janmashtami is an annual commemoration of the birth of the Lord Krishna. The festival is celebrated on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month. The festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and vigor by Hindus all over India and abroad. People observe fast the whole day, sing hymns and conduct prayers at midnight to rejoice the birth of Lord. Ras lila, dramatic enactments of the life of Krishna, are a special feature that is showcased in every part of the country, as it re-creates the flirtatious aspects of Krishna's youthful days.
JANMASTHMI AT RAIPUR ISKCON
Before one weak from Janmasthmi festival , preparation are started for grand celebration of Janmasthmi Festival. The festival day begins with mangla arti performed in the morning. Also include kirtan, singing the Lord’s name along with other devotees; and japa, private, more intimate prayer.
The idol of Lord Krishna is placed in a decorated mantapa. Bhakshanam (snacks and sweets in Sanskrit), are specially prepared for the festival, and offered to Lord Krishna. Along with it, fruits that are his favorites are also offered.
At midnight, when Lord Krishna was believed to have taken birth, an 'aarti' is performed and people break their fasts by feasting on sweets and delicious dishes prepared especially for the occasion.