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Thousands of Sikhs paraded through Derby today to celebrate Vaisakhi the Sikh New year. Mark Gough joined the celebrations.
Thousands of Sikhs gathered in Derby today to celebrate the Sikh New Year, Vaisakhi Day.
The celebrations were marked by displays of traditional martial arts, from Sikhs of all ages.
The biggest day in the Sikh calendar is the start of the new year, a time for celebration and for prayer, and almost 10,000 people were there.
It was one of the largest Vaisakhi celebrations this weekend, and after the ceremonial displays, the thousands of devoted Sikhs paraded from the temple through the street of Derby.
West Midlands Police are wishing everyone a happy Vaisakhi Day.
They say officers are continuing to work closely with all faiths and communities across the West Midlands.
People have donated thousands of pounds worth of food to a Sikh temple which will redistribute it to people who are suffering because of the economic crisis.
Giving to those less fortunate is a major part of the Sikh religion, as Mark Gough reports.
Sikhs will come together today to celebrate one of the most important days in their faith's calendar.
Vaisakhi marks the formation of the Sikh community in 1699, known as the Khalsa.
In Leicester, the city's Sikh community will be collecting thousands of pounds worth of food to help the poor and mark the festival, when farmers traditionally give thanks for their harvests.
It is being held at the Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara.
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Vaisakhi is the most important day in the Sikh calendar.