|29 April 2002
Sports, singing and dancing for Vaisakhi in Memorial Park
Guru Nanak Prakash temple in Coventry
There will be further celebrations for the Sikh festival of Vaisakihi on Sunday 5 May in the Memorial Park in Coventry.
There was a procession in Coventry on Sunday 28 April for Vaisakhi. The Nagar Kirtan procession marked the creation of the Khalsa (a Saint - Soldier devotional path to God).
The procession was led by 25 Dhol (Indian Drum) players, five Sikhs dressed in tradtional costume, five Piyare (beloved ones), teams of expert Martial Artists displaying their skills, a special hand made float carrying the Holy Scrpiture with accompanied musicians.
On Sunday 5 May there will further clelbrations for Vaisakhi - a special sports day at the Memorial park in Coventry. The day will also include dancing and singing events.
Vaisakhi is a spring festival celebrated by Sikhs worldwide. It takes its name from the month in the Punjab, 'Vaisakhi'.
The festival holds particular significance for the Sikh community as it commemorates the birth of the Sikh nation.
Vaisakhi is perhaps the happiest and holiest day of the year for Sikhs in the United Kingdom and around the world.
Vaisakhi events in Coventry
The flags for Vaisakhi at the Guru Nanak Prakask temple in Coventry
The main Naifhan Sahib festival event will took place at the Guru Nanak Prakash temple on Harnall Lane West, near to Coventry and Warwickshire Hopsital, city centre.
Between 10,000 and 15,000 people of all ages took part in the city's festivities.
The symbolism of the flag
Two seven-feet high flags from the temple are taken down and washed in milk.
This symbolises the value and importance the flags and the temple have within the community.
The flags reflect the temple's aim to provide food, shelter and spiritual energy.
The flags are then wrapped in new cloth before being re-hoisted.
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