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London Celebrates Vaisakhi

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London Gears up for yet another year of Vaisakhi Celebrations. . . .  reports Asian Lite News

Women Celebrate Vaisakhi
Women Celebrate Vaisakhi

London, being the cosmopolitan city that it is, welcomes all cultures and traditions in its boundaries. Thus, this year too, London would be celebrating the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi. The festivities would span over two places- The City Hall and More London Riverside on the 9th of April 2016.

Vaisakhi is the onset of the Vaisakh month according to the Sikh calendar. It signifies the harvesting season and the season of joy and celebration. Incidentally, the Sikh New Year also falls on the same day as Vaisakhi. Thus, this festival has a special place in the hearts of the Sikh community.

Kirtan
Kirtan

According to Mayor Boris Johnson, ‘Vaisakhi is the holiest day in the Sikh calendar and I am delighted that it is once again coming to City Hall. It is a festival celebrated by millions of Sikhs around the world and the values of respect and generosity for people of all faiths and creeds is one that is very relevant to our great city. We have been working closely with the Sikh community to create a wide-ranging programme of activities and I’m sure it will be a joyous celebration for all Londoners. Happy Vaisakhi!

Various Sikh communities and organisations have been roped in for the celebrations. Some of these include the Singh Sabha London East, EY Sikh Network and others. The festivities have been kept open to all from 1pm to 6 pm.

Folk Dance
Folk Dance

Arrangements for recreations and food have been made by the organising communities. Special arrangements have been made for the children by creating a children’s play area. An exhibition by Sikh artists will also be put up. On-stage performances include folk dance, turban tying, martial arts and Gatka.

Manraj Singh Othi, from Ashurst D&I network and co-founder EY Sikh Network said, ‘We are pleased and excited to be involved again in the organisation of the Vaisakhi celebration at City Hall. As both Londoners and Sikhs, we feel the grassroots approach to the programme focusing on Kirtan and Langar will create a day that is inclusive for both Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike. We welcome Londoners from all faiths, beliefs or none to enjoy, learn and celebrate together through a diverse range of colourful displays and engaging activities’.

Thereafter, all the guests would be served Langar or food by the volunteers of the organising committees.