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The flag-raising ceremony at Southampton Guildhall
Vaisakhi celebrations in Southampton

Vaisakhi 2007

Thousands of people paraded through the streets of Southampton to mark the Vaisakhi Festival - the 308th anniversary of Sikhism as a collective faith.

Southampton's celebrations of the 308th annual Vasiakhi Festival culminated on Sunday 15 April with a series of special events in the city.

In the morning, a ceremony was held at the Guildhall which featured readings and speeches as well as the raising of the Nishan Sahib, the Sikh flag.

Thousands paraded through the streets
Thousands paraded through the streets

As the city basked in April sunshine a spectacular Nagar Kirtan procession wound its way through the streets of Newtown, St Mary's and Bevois Valley during the afternoon.

The route took in Southampton's four Gurdwaras - the the Sri Guru Ravidass Sabha Gurdwara, Gurdwara Tegh Bahadur Sahib, Gurdwara Nanaksar and the Singh Sabha Gurdwara.

Crowds escorted the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, between the Gurdwaras, accompanied by drumming, chanting and marshal arts displays.

Celebrated around the 13 April, Vaisakhi, the Sikh New Year, is the holiest day of the calendar for over 20 million Sikhs worldwide.

This year marks the 308th anniversary of Sikhism as a collective faith. In 1699 Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the 10th Master of the Sikhs, transformed the Sikhs into a family of soldier saints, known as the Khalsa Panth.

last updated: 15/04/07
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