Vaisakhi Parade Gravesend
The colourful Vaisakhi parade took place in Gravesend this weekend, on a warm day for this time of year.
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.
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.
The Vaisakhi festival runs from the Gurdwara on a circular route around the town centre.