Vaisakhi celebrations!

Thousands of Sikhs across the world took part in the annual Vaisakhi celebrations last weekend as towns and cities were painted orange in honour of the founding of Khalsa.
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Across Yorkshire Sikhs celebrated the event by partaking in marches and sharing traditional free food and drink with local community members.

In Leeds a special event was held at The Sikh Temple where local dignitaries joined in the processions which saw communities come together.

Member of the temple’s managing committee, Prem Singh Duggal, explained what the celebrations meant to him and how it helped unite local residents.

“It is an important annual celebration which marks the anniversary of the establishment of the Khalsa in 1699,” he said.

“Last weekend we had our own celebration which anybody was free to join in, marking the special day.
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“Guests were entertained with free food and councillors, MPs and the Lord Mayor were all invited down to join in with young and old.

“It was good to see so many people embrace the day.”

Elsewhere, in Bradford, a special march commenced from the Gurdwara Guru Nanak Dev Ji on Usher Street.

Members of the Sikh community visited all six temples in the city, guided by their holy flag, the Nishab Sahib on a day where thousands once again gathered to mark the occasion.
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The celebration of Vaisakhi takes the form of continuous reading of the Sikh Scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib Ji, over a period of three days.

That is followed by the recitation of sacred hymns before the service finally ends with a final prayer for the good and well-being of the whole of humanity, and the serving of sacramental food.

If you missed out on the celebrations in West Yorkshire this year, one of the country’s biggest Vaisakhi celebrations is set to take place next month on Sunday 4th May.
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Trafalgar Square will play host to a free, family day out featuring contemporary and traditional Asian music, dance, DJ sets and fun activities for children.

Previous events have been extremely popular with more than 30,000 people attending on an annual basis.


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