The Sikh community in Gravesend have been arriving at the Gurdwara temple in Gravesham ahead of celebrations to mark their holy festival of Vaisakhi. Hundreds of people will parade through the streets.
Vaisakhi originates from the harvest festival in the Punjab region of India. It also marks establishment of the Sikh community - known as the Khalsa.
The UK's first national Sikh memorial in honour of those who fought during the Great War has been unveiled.
The memorial is the first of its kind and was made by a team in Basingstoke in Hampshire. The statue commemorates the 130,000 Sikh soldiers who fought in the First World War.
Major General Patrick Sanders says it is important to recognise the role of Sikh soldiers during the Great War, and to honour their bravery:
The UK’s first national Sikh memorial in honour of those who fought during the Great War will be unveiled later today at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire.
The “WW1 Sikh Memorial” is the first of its kind, and was made by a team in Basingstoke in Hampshire.
The statue commemorates the 130,000 Sikh soldiers who fought in the Great War.
Watch as the final finishing touches were made by craftsmen to the statue:
Pavandip Singh weds Sandip Kaur. The couple, from Camberley, opted for a 'different' celebration. The groom dominated proceedings before the ceremony, arriving in a Batmobile.
Gravesend residents were among thousands of Sikhs from across the country who protested outside Parliament today.
They're demanding answers about what the UK Government has done in the last few months to raise concerns about the plight of Sikh political prisoners in Indian jails.
ITV Meridian spoke to Gravesend campaigner, Sewa Singh Lalli.
Thousands of people have paraded through the streets of Reading to celebrate Vaisakhi - the Sikh New Year. It's the most important date in the religion's calendar and a chance for people of all ages to get together. Richard Jones spoke to Gurpal Singh and Simrat Kaur
Vaisakhi, the Sikh New Year is the holiest day of the calendar for twenty million Sikhs worldwide.
Today across the South and South east, celebrations will be held.
In Reading, 2000 Sikhs will attend their annual parade.
Celebrations are taking place across the region to mark the birth of the Sikh religion.
Vaisakhi also celebrates the beginning of the Sikh New Year.
John Ryall reports from Gravesend in Kent - home of one of the biggest Sikh temples in Europe.