Vaisakhi Festival in Birmingham

One of the most important Sikh festivals is being held in Handsworth, Birmingham on Sunday. The Vaisakhi festival is a long established event symbolising the harvest in the Punjab.

Sikhs explain the significance of Vaisakhi

What's thought to be the largest Vaisakhi event outside of India, thousands of people are celebrating in Birmingham today.

Several parades have taken place from Sikh temples around the city, converging on Handsworth Park this afternoon.

We spoke to people heading there from the Beadbi At Ramgharia Gurdwara in the Jewellery Quarter this morning.

Vaisakhi parade through Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter

This is one of several processions as part of Birmingham Vaisakhi celebrations Credit: ITV Central
Percussionists setting the beat to the parade through the Jewellery Quarter Credit: ITV Central
Vehicles decorated for today's parade Credit: ITV Central
This procession started out at the Beadbi At Ramgharia Gurdwara Credit: ITV Central
Local scouts taking part in the parade for the Sikh festival Credit: ITV Central

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Vaisakhi celebrations to take place in Birmingham

Vaisakhi festival held last weekend in Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

Thousands of Sikhs are expected to gather in Birmingham today to celebrate one of the most important dates on their calendar.

The festival is taking place in Handsworth Park, there will be live music, entertainment, Indian food and craft stalls.

The parade traditionally symbolises the harvest festival in the Punjab.