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Happy Vaisakhi 2014 FROM THE ASIAN TODAY TEAM

CELEBRATING

VTHAOUSIASNDAS PKREPHARIE

TO BASK IN ORANGE AND BLUE FOR SIKH FESTIVAL OF HARVEST

"During this festival, a procession known as the nagar kirtan will go through the streets. The procession will include family and friends of the Sikh community who will sing hymns along the way. The streets are lined up with volunteers who distribute drinks and food to the procession; the atmosphere is lively and happy." BY NEENA RAJ On Vaisakhi day in 1699 the tenth Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Maharaj created the order of the Khalsa. Baring huge cultural significance since, it is an annual event where thousands of passionate Sikh worshippers come together in an upbeat and positive fashion to rejoice in colourful and vibrant festivities to mark Vaisakhi. It is the holiest day of the Sikh calendar and marks the creation of Sikhism, falling on 14 April this year. Various celebrations and parades will commence in the temples and streets across Birmingham. For many

Sikhs the highlight will be the processions and open air celebrations at Handsworth Park from 11am on 27 April. For passionate followers of the Sikh religion, the day will bring remembrance and thanks for the start of the religion as well as prayers for future prosperity. Cultural entertainment, processions, traditional langar meals and celebrations will uplift and inspire the streets of Birmingham. The council of Sikh Gurdwaras in Birmingham, along with its sponsors is heavily involved in the organisation of the celebrations and will warmly welcome Sikh

followers for the traditional and anticipated community celebration. The umbrella organisation of all 23 Sikh Gurdwaras in Birmingham was established in 1989 and devotes time towards projects and services for Sikhs across Birmingham with an ethos to develop a collective voice for the Sikh community. According to the Council of Sikh Gurdwaras, Vaisakhi celebrations at Handsworth Park principally promote social cohesion and human love with a history of diverse communities joining in with the festivities.

VAISAKHI MEHLA • FREE FAMILY EVENT • 27th APRIL 2014 • 11AM - 6:30 PM

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