Slough Express

Town celebrates Vaisakhi festival

Thousands gather for traditiona­l Sikh procession

- By Adrian WIlliams adrianw@baylismedi­a.co.uk @AdrianW_BM

Thousands of people gathered for a traditiona­l Sikh procession filled with colour and fragrances in Slough on Sunday.

Vaisakhi, the celebratio­n of spring harvest, marks the first day of Vaisakh – the second month in the tropical solar calendar used in Sikhism. It is traditiona­lly celebrated in mid-April.

It was marked with a nagar kirtan – a procession of music and activities – from Sheehy Way to Woodlands Avenue on Sunday.

The procession was organised by Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, the Sikh place of worship on Sheehy Way.

Cllr Harjinder Gahir (Lab & Co-Op, Wexham Lea) was

one of the organisers and other councillor­s attended, including leader of the council, James Swindlehur­st.

Cllr Fiza Matloob (Lab & Co-Op, Baylis and Stoke) said of the day: “What was beautiful about it is it showed the unity of Slough – we had all religions, not just Sikhs.

“It was so full of colour and the whole street was filled with fragrant scents from cooking food.

“At the end of the procession there were people cleaning up litter.

“It brought the community together and everyone was just so happy. There was no march last year and that disappoint­ed everyone.

“One of the best things about Slough is the unity, and [the nagar kirtan] showed the unity of Slough.”

Slough MP Tan Dhesi also attended the festivitie­s.

“[I was] extremely grateful to finally celebrate Vaisakhi with the local community, the pandemic had stolen that from us,” he said.

“I want to thank the local Sikh Gurdwara committees, all the volunteers, the police and council for ensuring that an event on such a huge scale took place smoothly.”

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People from all religions, background­s, and walks of life joined together on Sunday.
Photos courtesy of Cllr Fiza Matloob and Tan Dhesi. People from all religions, background­s, and walks of life joined together on Sunday.
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