Vaishakhi, which marks the birth of Khalsa and is also the biggest festival in the Sikh calendar, will be celebrated at Trafalgar Square in London on April 22. In view of the upcoming Vaisakhi celebrations, Mayor Sadiq Khan has sent his warmest wishes to Sikh Londoners and all the participants.
Highlighting the significance of the festival the mayor through a video said, “This sacred festival marks the birth of the Khalsa, the Sikh community. It’s a fantastic opportunity for all of us to learn more about the Sikh faith and reflect on the essential values it promotes such as equality, justice and selflessness.”
“It’s a chance for us to pay tribute to Sikh Londoners for their contribution in keeping up the spirit and success of Westminster city,” the mayor added. He also appreciated the role of London’s Sikh communities for following their honorable tradition of “Seva”, especially during the pandemic.
Co-hosted by Tommy Sandhu and Sukh Ojla the event will feature an entertaining lineup of performances from Manika Kaur, Amrit Kaur and Dal Singh known as the ‘TablaJedi’, said a release
Baba Fateh Singh Gatka Akhara will perform Gatka, a Sikh martial art, accompanied by the Dhol Academy, one of the longest-running dhol establishments in the UK, using different rhythms to enhance the atmosphere and build up the intensity.
The attendees will also be able to enjoy free light bites and Indian tea (langar). There will also be some cooking demonstrations from head chef Manpreet Singh along with a nutritional talk from Juggy Sidhu.
The other highlights of the programme include a Sikh art exhibition, turban tying by Chardikala Turban Academy, educational talks on ‘What is Vaisakhi’ by Basics of Sikhi and a children’s marquee with free fun activities for families organised by Sikh Colouring.