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Parade in Gravesend to mark Sikh festival of Vaisakhi

The parade follows a route through the town centre

A parade has taken place through the streets of Gravesend to mark the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi. The annual event followed prayers at the Gravesend Gurdwara temple, and speeches.

All members of the local community have been invited to join the celebrations.

The procession is called the Nagar Kirtan procession

"On behalf of the Management Committee I would like to invite all the residents of Gravesham to come and attend the festivities which will be taking place at the Gurdwara and in the Town Centre.

"The Sikh community has a long and proud history here in Gravesham and we appreciate the support of all our partners and the local community in making Vaisakhi such a colorful spectacle."

– Davinder Singh Bains , President of the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara

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Worshippers arrive to celebrate Sikh festival of Vaisakhi

People arriving at Gurdwara in Gravesend Credit: Andy Dickenson

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 temple is at the centre of today's celebrations
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Thousands of Sikhs are gathering in Reading today to celebrate one of the most important dates on their calendar.

A religious procession will make its way through the streets of East Reading to mark New Year.

It will leave the Newtown temple in Cumberland Road at 10.30am and make its way to the temple in London Road, Earley, arriving at 1.30pm.

Free food will be served through the afternoon and the procession will leave at 2.30pm to make its way back to Cumberland Road.

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