The New Art Gallery Walsall
Saturday 9 April 11am – 3pm
Join us for our annual celebration to mark the birth of Sikh religion. Enjoy performances from Gabhru Punjab De Bhangra Team, make a model of the Golden Temple – a symbol of equality, learn about this harvest festival in our new children’s books and get a Mehndi design.
Free, drop-in, All ages welcome.
Stephen Snoddy, Gallery Director says ‘We’re delighted to host our annual Vaisakhi celebration event. Visitors are welcome to join us to find out more about Sikhism and experience the rich culture and religion. There’s lots happening on the day including music, dance performances, children can make a model of the Golden Temple and visitors can have a mehndi design. The event is free and everyone is welcome”.
Vaisakhi – the Sikh New Year Festival – is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calender. It marks the start of the Punjabi New Year, but it is also a day to celebrate 1699, the year when Sikhism was born as a collective faith.
To celebrate Vaisakhi, Sikhs visit places of worship called Gudwaras. These will also be especially decorated for the occasion.
Many people enjoy parades and special processions through the streets called nagar kirtans.