Gravesend Kent Uk 14th April 2018, People walk passed Gravesend clocktower en route to the town center, Credit AG Beck/Alamy live news

Vaisakhi

Vaisakhi Parade Gravesend

Gravesend Kent Uk 14th April 2018, Ceremonial swords on display as the parade leaves the Gurdwara, Vaisakhi parade, Credit AG Beck/Alamy live news

The colourful Vaisakhi parade took place in Gravesend this weekend, on a warm day for this time of year.

Gravesend Kent Uk 14th April 2018, women taking part at the Vaisakhi parade, Credit AG Beck/Alamy live news

As usual the place was buzzing with atmosphere and the site and splendour of this annual event didn’t disappoint. Plenty of music accompanied the event also.

Invitation

The Sikh community put on a big show with singing, dancing and martial arts – a display that brings the whole community together. It is an historic event where Vaisakhi marks the Spring harvest in the Punjab for farmers in Northern India. It also celebrates Vaisakhi day when, in 1699, the 10th guru of the Sikhs Gobind Sing Ji established the Khalsa Panth which is the community of the committed Sikhs, and this is still practised today.

Route

The Vaisakhi festival runs from the Gurdwara on a circular route around the town centre.

Gravesend 14th April 2018, UK, Boy gets instruction at the Gurdwara temple