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Join the Procession of Faiths … but what’s a procession?

At the Indy Festival of Faiths — After Bongo Boy’s Drumming Circle draws the crowd together, a Procession of Faiths brings everyone to the Sacred Arts Stage to kick off the Festival formally. But what’s a Procession anyway?

The opening procession at the fourth annual Festival of Faiths in Indianapolis!

Posted by Center for Interfaith Cooperation on Monday, September 19, 2016
2016 Procession of Faiths
2019 Indy Festival of Faiths

Sunday, September 22, 1:00-5:00 pm
Veterans Memorial Plaza (550 N. Meridian St.)
Indiana War Memorial (55 E. Michigan St.)

It’s free, but you should register to get more information and chances to win goodies

Register for your congregation or community group to be an exhibitor at the Festival

One of the great moments of the Indy Festival of Faiths is the opening Procession of Faiths. Check out the sights and sounds of 2016’s.  Who would have thought Central Indiana is capable of displaying such joyful diversity? If your group or congregation is exhibiting at the Festival, please join us in the Procession. If you are just enjoying the Festival without exhibiting … please join us in the Procession!

But what’s a procession anyway?

That’s an excellent question. Let’s go to the dictionary.

procession (French procession via Middle English, derived from Latin, processio, from procedere, to go forth, advance, proceed) is an organized body of people walking in a formal or ceremonial manner.
You can’t form a procession by yourself, it takes an orderly crowd.

Processions have in all peoples and at all times been a natural form of public celebration, as forming an orderly and impressive ceremony. Religious and triumphal processions are abundantly illustrated by ancient monuments, e.g. the religious processions of Egypt, those illustrated by the rock-carvings of Boghaz-Keui, the many representations of processions in Greek art, culminating in the great Panathenaic procession of the Parthenon Frieze, and Roman triumphal reliefs, such as those of the arch of Titus.
You need the ceremonial significance, otherwise you’re just going for a walk
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