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Vaisakhi : Sikh New Year celebrations

 Vaisakhi

www.birmingham.gov.uk/vaisakhi

Handsworth Park
Sunday 26th April – 11am - 6.30pm.
FREE

The Council of Sikh Gurdwaras in Birmingham is organising the Annual Vaisakhi celebrations in Handsworth Park. This 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.

As well as the celebrations in Handsworth Park there will be two processions, one starting at 10.00am 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 ending in Handsworth Park.


The second procession will start from the Ramgarhia Sikh Temple (Gurdwara) in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, Graham Street, Hockley at 10.00am travelling along Vyse Street, Hockley Flyover, Soho Hill, Soho Road, Grove Lane and meeting in Handsworth Park.

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. The processions are due to arrive in the park at approximately 12.00noon (Jewellery Quarter) and 1.00pm (Sandwell). Car Parking will be provided at Handsworth Park via Hinstock Road for Disabled Badge Holders.

There will be an exclusion zone in operation around Handsworth Park and rolling road closures along the procession routes, roads will be closed approximately 1 hour before the start of the procession and will re-open once the procession has safely passed through and the roads are clear.

The event is alcohol free and no smoking, and visitors are not allowed to bring dogs into the festival area except for guide dogs.

The Vaisakhi celebration is organised by the Council of Sikh Gurdwaras in Birmingham with support from Birmingham City Council and other sponsors.

For more information telephone: 0121 303 3008 or visit:

www.vaisakhibirmingham.org

www.sikhcouncilbirmingham.org

Birmingham's Vaisakhi Festival supported by:

Council of Sikh Gurdwaras

Western Union

South & City College Birmingham