Huddersfield’s Sikh Mela
From sword fighting to SWAT team training, there was certainly something for everybody at last weekend’s fifth annual Huddersfield Sikh Mela.
People from all over the country made the trip to Bradley, Huddersfield, to experience the Sikh culture in a fun and interactive way for the whole family.
As well as Bhangra artists and singers, different forms of entertainment were provided via turban tying competitions, tug-of-wars and fairground rides to name just a few.
Re-enactments on the day allowed people from different faiths to learn about the Sikh religion and important milestones in their history.
Spectators watched on as famed Bhangra artist, Kuldeep Purewal, performed on the main stage for all to see, with local acts and even a rapper also getting their chance to impress.
Meanwhile, plans for a special World Wars Sikh Memorial were also unveiled by members of the Royal British Legion and British Army officers. Thousands of Sikh soldiers lost their lives in the two wars fighting for Britain and the memorial will remember the ‘fallen heroes’.
The Mela was arranged by Yorkshire Lions FC with club official and event organiser, Kalvinder Bhullar, saying that despite a ‘shaky start’ due to the weather, the crowds soon flocked in.
“People have loved the SWAT team and their demonstrations of how they arrest people,” he said. “The Mela is a community festival with no alcohol. We’ve had plenty of non-Sikhs here today because it’s for everyone.”
Hardeep Singh Sahota, a volunteer on the day added his praise for the success of the event.
He said: “The day was absolutely fantastic and brought together different communities through culture, music and faith.
“The elder generation have always loved the outside atmosphere and this latest event included so much for people of all ages to do and get involved with.
“I was not heavily involved in this year’s planning which was nice as it allowed me a chance to carry out seva (selfless service).
“Along with my mum and some friends, I helped give away free food and water at the Gurdwara which which was a great way of giving back.”