Handsworth Park, 2019 date TBC
One of the world’s largest Vaisakhi celebrations returns to Handsworth Park each year to mark the Sikh nation’s collective birthday.
Vaisakhi open air celebrations in Handsworth Park is a FREE family event open to all members of the community and includes Sikh cultural activities, children’s inflatable play area, arts and crafts exhibitions and sports and entertainment.
There is a Langar area (marquee in which free food is served) which is an important part of the Sikh faith with food being prepared by the various Gurdwaras (places of worship) from across Birmingham and the Black Country. There is also an area for worship (Darbar) which is an important focal point, this is open to all communities to visit and understand the Sikh faith.
The event celebrates the birth of Sikh Khalsa. On this day in April 1699, The Tenth and last Guru Ji handed over his spiritual authority to a body of his followers.
The event is based on pillars of the Sikh faith
- Celebrating honest hard work
- Sikhs sharing with their brothers and sisters from around the world the almighty spirit’s bounty.
- The oneness of creation and its joyful celebration through hymns and prayers
The event also showcases a sizable part of thirds sector work in the region, from health projects to energy saving. They also partner with companies that want to promote ethical products and services. Vaisakhi celebrations are cigarette and alcohol free.
- The largest Asian Festival in Europe
- Strong community values
- Celebrating Community Cohesion
- Welcoming up to 100,000 people on the day
- Reaching up to 500,000 through official event brochure, radio and TV coverage by media partnerships.
- Not for profit
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