I would like to extend my warmest wishes to the Sikh community and all those celebrating Vaisakhi, in Leicester, the UK and around the world.
Celebrated every year on April 14, Vaisakhi is one of the most important observances in the Sikh religion. It commemorates the founding of the Khalsa Sikh community in 1699 by Guru Gobind Singh Ji. It is also celebrated as a day of thanksgiving, and the beginning of a new year and a new harvest season in Punjab and across India.
In Leicester and around the world, family and friends gather together, attend prayer gatherings at Gurdwaras, and participate in vibrant parades, known as Nagar Kirtans.
The UK is home to one of the largest Sikh communities outside of India. Vaisakhi provides all British Citizens with an opportunity to celebrate both the festival and the invaluable contributions of the Sikh community to building our peaceful, prosperous and pluralistic country.
I wish everyone a Happy Vaisakhi.