Glasgow Sikhs celebrate Vaisakhi with colour filled parade

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Sikhs from across Glasgow celebrated the festival of Vaisakhi with a procession made up from thousands from the community.

April 14th marked the beginning of the Sikh new year and commemorates the the birth of the Sikh Order of the Khalsa, after Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th guru, left the earth.

Khalsa is the pinnacle of Sikhism, the core community of committed followers within the wider Sikh faith which was formed in 1699. It established that all humans are equal.

The festival was marked by a procession, known as the Nagar Keertan, which took place in Glasgow.

It always takes on the Sunday before Vaisakhi each year.

This year, nearly 3,000 Sikhs from across Scotland marched through the streets of Glasgow for five hours, processing around the city’s four Gurdwaras, or Sikh temples.

Charandeep Singh, from the Glasgow Gurdwara in Nithsdale Road said: “This is definitely the highlight of the Sikh calendar year.

“Between Friday and Sunday morning there will be continuous readings of the scriptures from start to finish at the Gurdwara.

“Sunday will be a big celebration as the event finishes. There will be lots of food and everyone gathers together.”

Surinder Singh, President of Glasgow Gurdwara said: “Vaisakhi is an exciting festival for all Sikhs and an opportunity to renew our commitment to Sikhism.

“The annual procession is joyous, celebratory and festive. Scottish Sikhs also use this occasion as a chance to connect with the wider public as we proudly display our beliefs of equality, peace and justice.”