August 25 and 26 mark the birthdays of the Hindu deity, Lord Krishna.
To celebrate his birth, Hindus across the globe are dressing their little kids in the baby deity’s likeness, complete with his iconic peacock feather and pan flute.
Yes, the Hindu deity has two birthdays. The first, Janmashtami, marks his physical birth. Lord Krishna was born in a prison cell in the North Indian town of Mathura, where his parents were incarcerated by his evil uncle.
In the middle of the night, Krishna’s father, Vasudeva, jailbreaks his infant son and hands him over for safe-keeping to an adoptive family in Gokul, a village across the river. The following morning is marked as Gokulashtami.
Lord Krishna is best known for being the blue-skinned protagonist of the Hindu mythological epic the Bhagavad Gita, where he was a war strategist and local king.
But as a child, his reputation was that of a cheeky and mischievous little boy. Referred to as the makhan chore, Hindi for butter thief, the young Krishna was famous for stealing clay pots of churned butter from local village households which his friends and he would then consume.
Later in his teens, Lord Krishna built a reputation as a Casanova, seducing young girls by playing the pan flute.
Below are more adorable pictures of little kids dressed up as the young Lord Krishna.
Brace yourself for the cuteness overload!