Published On: Sun, Apr 13th, 2014 on 5:47 pm

Thousands of Sikhs parade Bradford to celebrate Vaisakhi

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Vaisakhi Bradford
Vaisakhi Bradford
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The Sikh community of Bradford has celebrated centuries of ancient tradition and the birth of the Sikh faith by holding a colourful parade.

Held today, thousands took part in an annual event named the Nagar Kirtan as part of the customary tradition of the Vaisakhi, visiting five Sikh temples across the city along a five-mile route.

The procession started and finished at the Gurdwara Guru Nanak Dev Ji off Wakefield Road.

It went to the Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara on Leeds Road, Gurdwara Singh Sabha on Grant Street, Ramgarhia Sikh Gurdwara on Bolton Road, and the Gurdwara Amrit Parchar Dharmik Diwan on Peckover Street.

At the forefront of the procession, there were bearers of the Sikh holy flag named the Nishan Sahib, and sword-wielding guards of honour.

The centrepiece of the parade was a giant float that contained the Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the Sikh holy book. Holy hymns were chanted along the route and two buses also followed at the back, carrying children and the elderly who were unable to walk.

The celebration of Vaisakhi is the most important Sikh festival, which is also the Sikh New Year Festival.

On 1699, the first day of Vaisakhi, the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji transformed the Sikh community into the Khalsa Order, known as the brotherhood of the pure and an order of saint soldiers.

Vaisakhi is celebrated on 13 April, and occasionally on 14 April.

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- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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