Vaisakhi open air celebrations, Handsworth Park, Sunday 26 April, 11.00 – 6.30pm.
The Council of Sikh Gurdwaras in Birmingham (supported by Birmingham City Council) is organising the Annual Vaisakhi celebrations in Handsworth Park.
This family event is free to all members of the community and will include Sikh cultural activities, children’s inflatable play area, arts and crafts exhibitions and sports and entertainment on the bandstand stage.
There will be 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 will be an area for worship (Darbar) which will be an important focal point, this will be 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
As well as the celebrations in Handsworth Park there will be two processions, one starting at 11.00am from the Baba Sang Gurdwara in Sandwell, travelling along High Street, Toll House Way, Rabone Lane, Booth Street, Soho Road, Rookery Road, Oxhil Road, Grove Lane and meeting in Handsworth Park.
The second procession will start from the Ramgarhia Sikh Temple (Gurdwara) in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, Graham Street, Hockley at 11.30am travelling along Vyse Street, Hockley Flyover, Soho Hill, Soho Road, Grove Lane and meeting in Handsworth Park at 1:00pm.
At the head of each procession is the Guru Granth Sahib (The Holy Book of Revelation) led by five Sikhs dressed in ceremonial costume to represent the five original Panj Pyare (The Beloved Ones) who founded the order of the Khalsa as we know it today.
The event will run from 11.00am – 6.30pm.
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