London celebrates the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi with an afternoon of indoor and outdoor activities at City Hall.
A celebration of Sikh tradition, heritage and culture, the event programme will include shabad kirtan (spiritual music), langar (food), turban tying, folk dance, martial arts, children’s activities, and much more!
Vaisakhi, also spelled Baisakhi, is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar. It is the Sikh New Year festival and is usually celebrated on April 13 or 14. It also commemorates 1699, the year Sikhism was born as a collective faith.
Vaisakhi is celebrated by parades, dancing and singing happen throughout the day. The festival is marked with nagar kirtan processions: processions through the streets (nagar means “town”) which form an important part of Sikh culture and religious celebrations.
The event is organised by the Mayor of London, with support from Singh Sabha London East and EY Sikh Network.
Last year’s Vaisakhi event attracted large crowds to City Hall and unfortunately not everyone was able to gain entry. This year on Saturday 9th April, the programme will include more activity taking place outside.
There will be kirtan, exhibitions by Sikh artists, children’s activities and community stalls inside City Hall, and langar, community stalls and turban tying outside on More London Riverside, as well as music, dance and gatka on The Scoop.
Date: Saturday 09 April 2016
Time: 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Venue: City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA, United Kingdom
Tickets: This is a free event
If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Festival website here
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