As a child Srila Prabhupada showed great eagerness to celebrate festivals. He once spoke of his efforts to celebrate Rathayatra.
“When I was five or six years old, any carpenter I saw I would ask him why don’t you make a Rathayatra cart for me. ‘Yes, why not,’ they would say. I would have my father take me to the carpenter shop, but none of them would make it. One old lady saw me crying on the street because I could not have the Rathayatra cart built. She asked my father why is he crying and my father explained because he wants a Rathayatra cart but no carpenter is making it. I have got one, said the old lady, and my father purchased it from her. He bought oil paint for me and I painted. I was also preparing fireworks for the occasion. I saw little books how to do it.”