Thousands celebrate Sikh festival of Vaisakhi

Thousands of people in the Midlands have been celebrating the Sikh festival of Vaisahki and today the celebrations continue in Wolverhampton.

Vaisakhi celebrations taking place in Wolverhampton

Thousands celebrating the Sikh festival
Thousands celebrating the Sikh festival Credit: ITV News Central

Wolverhampton's Vaisakhi celebrations will take place today in West Park.

The festival celebrates the founding of the Sikh faith more than 500 years ago.

The annual cultural event has been organised by the Council of Sikh Gurdwaras in Wolverhampton together with the Asian community and will include speeches by religious leaders.

There will also be a fun fair, Bhangra displays and Asian musicians performing live on stage.

"Fantastic turnout" for Leicester's Vaisakhi parade

A spokesperson for the Leicestershire Sikh Alliance has praised the "fantastic turnout" at today's parade to mark the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi.

People lining the streets of Leicester for today's Vaisakhi parade Credit: Leicestershire Sikh Alliance

Amandeep Rai said of today's celebrations:

"The turnout at today's Nagar Kirtan is fantastic, the atmosphere, the colour and the joyous spirit is inspirational. It's also good to see various dignitaries such as Jon Ashworth MP and Assistant City Mayor Rory Palmer in attendance."

The festival celebrates the founding of the Sikh faith more than 500 hundred years ago Credit: Leicestershire Sikh Alliance
Members of the Leicester Sikh Alliance today Credit: Leicestershire Sikh Alliance

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Vaisakhi celebrations in Birmingham and Leicester

Procession in Wolverhampton Credit: ITV News Central

Birmingham's Vaisakhi celebrations will take place today in Handsworth Park. The festival celebrates the founding of the Sikh faith more than 500 hundred years ago.

Two processions will set off from Gurdwaras (Sikh temples) in the Jewellery Quarter and Sandwell at 10:30, heading to the park for the afternoon's celebrations.

Five Sikhs in full ceremonial dress will lead the processions carrying the Guru Granth Sahib, the Holy Scriptures of Revelation.

In Leicester the parade will begin at 10:30 and end at 15:00, moving through the city to East Park Road.

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Thousands take part in Midlands Vaisakhi parades

The procession in Wolverhampton started at 11:00am Credit: ITV News Central
Thousands turned out to celebrate the Sikh festival Credit: ITV News Central
The weather held out for the procession through the streets of the Black Country Credit: ITV News Central
The day of thanksgiving is a fun festival involving chanting, partying and dancing Credit: ITV News Central