Southall Vaisakhi celebrations

Attendees at Vaisakhi procession in Southall

Tens of thousands of people turned out for the annual Vaisakhi celebrations in Southall on Sunday 7 April.

Vaisakhi is a spring festival and a day to celebrate 1699, the year when Sikhism was born as a collective faith.

The livery and colourful procession (nagar kirtan) made its way from the Guru Nanak Road (Havelock Road) Gurdwara to the Park Avenue Gurdwara. The procession was led by traditionally dressed Panj Piaras. The Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book, is carried along the procession.

The route was covered with food stalls serving free food, fruit and drinks to everyone.

Annual celebrations for the birthday of Guru Nanak will take place in Southall in November.

All photos taken by Dominic Papa





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