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See you on Sunday 30 April 2017!

The Vaisakhi open air celebrations is a not-for-profit community event, celebrated in Birmingham: the most cosmopolitan and vibrant city in Europe. A cornerstone of Birmingham success has been that of its citizens celebrating their heritage together.

 

Vaisakhi is the holiest day in the Sikh faiths calendar. It marks the ceremony in 1699 when on the first day of the month of Vaisakh, the tenth Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj created the order of the Khalsa. On this day, the Panj Pyare (the 5 beloved ones) came forward to offer their heads to their Guru. The Amrit ceremony marked their “rebirth” as the first of a new order. Guru Gobind Singh Ji gave them an identity (Five Kakar), a strong sense of self-discipline and a moral code of conduct. The combined code of conduct made them Saint Soldiers with a commitment to defend faith and the oppressed.

The Council of Sikh Gurdwaras in Birmingham, with our partners, organises two Nagar Kirtans (holy street processions) and a community celebration in Handsworth Park, Birmingham to celebrate this event. This year it takes place on 30th April 2016, although the actual date of the Sikh festival is 13th April.

Everyone is invited to join us in our celebration of the spiritual harvest of Vaisakhi. The celebrations promise to be a family geared free event. Sangat (congregations) from Gurdwaras throughout Birmingham and Sandwell, in line with Sikh custom and values will share Langar meals, to overcome differences of creed and cultures and to break down the barriers, which so often divide us. People from diverse communities every year join in the festivities at the park & partake in meals (Guru Ka Langar) prepared by members of the Sikh community.

This is an event that principally promotes social cohesion and human love. The langar will be served next to Guru Da Darbar (Guru’s Court), just as it is in Gurdwaras every day of the year. In Guru Da Darbar you will be able to partake of a spiritual feast of kirtan (hymns sung to ragas).

There will also be an opportunity to watch an exciting array of sports activities and to join in with the interactive sports activities; so come prepared with your running shoes.

The bazaar stalls, offering a delight of vegetarian food, custom and specialist arts and crafts are always popular and you will be able to pick up information from public and service agencies all geared to helping people get better access to their facilities from the information displays.

We hope you will enjoy the Vaisakhi day with us at Handsworth Park. Most of all we pray that you have an inspiring and uplifting Vaisakhi.

Any organisation with a message, a product or a service that needs exposure to the heard to reach communities has found the ideal event. The organisers welcome participation from everyone, rannging from individuals to multinational organisations. Click here to find out more.

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