There will be a public annual event taking place in Derby on Sunday, April 19, to celebrate Vaisakhi.
This is an auspicious occasion for the Sikh community as it will mark the 314th year of the formation of the Khalsa by the 10th Master Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji on April 13, 1699, in Anandpur Sahib Punjab India.
Vaisakhi is one of the most colourful events in the Sikh calendar. Over 300 years ago the Sikh Nation - the Khalsa (The pure ones) - were born and Sikhs were given a clear identity and a code of conduct to live by. The event was led by the last living Guru named Guru Gobind Singh Ji. The festival celebrates the beginning of the Sikh New Year.
Jane Birkin, the Outreach Officer from the Constabulary's Corporate Communications team, will be hosting a stand at the Stanhope Street Gurdwara with support from the Safer Neighbourhood Team and the Cadets. This year the Police and Crime Commissioner and his Deputy will be giving short speeches at four local Gurdwaras in the morning.
The National Sikh Museum at Princess Street will be open to visitors and the whole day will be a lively event with stalls, food, entertainment and a parade commencing around 2pm (starting and finishing at Stanhope Street).
- Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara, Stanhope Street, Derby
- Ramgharia Gurdwara, St. James Street, Derby
- Ravidass Gurdwara, Brunswick Street, Derby
- Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Princess Street, Derby