See the pictures, as thousands took part in a parade to celebrate the birthday of the founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
Click here for the full parade route through West Bromwich, Oldbury and Smethwick.
A conference aimed at raising awareness of mental health issues within Sikh community has been held in Birmingham.
A float for a Sikh faith school has taken part in the Leicester parade to celebrate the birthday of Sikh founder Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
Surinder Pal Singh Rai, the General Secretary of Guru Teg Bahadur Gurdwara says children from the school were singing holy hymns on the float.
Thousands have followed a parade in Leicester for Nagar Kirtan, the celebration of the birthday of Sikh founder, Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
The event included a march with a number of floats, through the city.
This video shows one of the floats taking part in the Nagar Kirtan procession in Leicester this afternoon. Tens of thousands of people have been taking part in the parade to celebrate the birthday of Sikh founder Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
The following roads will be closed throughout the day as tens of thousands of people parade through Leicester to mark the birth of the founder of the Sikh faith, Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
There will be a rolling programme of road closures starting from 11:30am, along the route which is:
- East Park Road
- St Peter’s Road
- Sparkenhoe Street
- Swain Street
- Charles Street
- Northampton Street
- Granby Street
- Gallowtree Gate
- East Gates
- High Street
- St Nicholas Place
- Vaughan Way
- Great Central Street
The parade will end at around 3pm.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to parade through the streets in Leicester this lunchtime to celebrate the birth of the founder of the Sikh faith.
Nagar Kirtan is a religious procession to mark the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. A number of rolling road closures will take place from 11:00am and throughout the afternoon as the parade passes through the city.
Volunteers in Leicester are calling on residents to donate their unwanted clothes in the run-up to Christmas, to help local charities.
Members of the Leicestershire Sikh Alliance are collecting donations of new and unwanted items on Sunday, to help charities including the Rainbows Hospice in Loughborough.
It follows a big Vaisakhi food drive in April, where more than ten tonnes of food items were distributed to those in need in Leicester.
The event is being held to help mark the birthday of the first Guru of Sikhism, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee.
– Leicestershire Sikh Alliance spokesman
“The community would like to fulfil Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee’s message to selflessly serve humanity by supporting local benefactor charities Action Homeless, Rainbows Hospice and Unique Home for Girls”.
A new association for Sikh officers has been formed by West Midlands Police to develop a better understanding between officers and the Sikh community.
The West Midlands Police Sikh Association was launched at the Nanaksar Gurdwara in Walsall.
Sergeant Harvinder Singh Rai from West Midlands Police, hopes it will promote a better understanding of the religion and its values.