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.
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.
The Sikh festival of Vaisakhi has been celebrated across our region. Signalling the start of the Sikh New Year, 5,000 people took part in a procession in Gravesend. Roads in the town centre were closed, allowing the procession to pass.
Five thousand people met in Gravesend to watch the Nagar Kirtan procession. It celebrates the founding of the sikh faith and the holy book is placed on a float, heading a procession through the town. The town has one of the most established Sikh communities in the country.
An estimated 5,000 people are celebrating the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi in Gravesend, Kent. The two-hour street procession set off from the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara at 1130. It commemorates the birth of Sikhism. It is also the Sikh New Year festival.