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GALLERY: Thousands celebrate Vaisakhi in Gravesham

PUBLISHED: 12:17 18 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:17 18 April 2016

Vaisakhi celebrations in Gravesham. Photo: Cohesion Plus / Sarah Knight

Vaisakhi celebrations in Gravesham. Photo: Cohesion Plus / Sarah Knight

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The festival marks the start of the New Year in the Nanakshahi solar calendar and celebrates the Sikh religious faith

Thousands took part in the annual Vaisakhi celebrations in Gravesham over the weekend, as people travelled from across the county to participate.

The festival marks the start of the New Year in the Nanakshahi solar calendar and celebrates the Sikh religious faith.

Davinder Singh Bains, president of the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara, said: “Despite the poor weather I was overwhelmed by how many people came to support the Vaisakhi celebrations in Gravesend.

“Vaisakhi celebrates the birth of the Sikh faith and one its key tenants is seva, giving one’s time in selfless service and this could be seen all through the celebrations with members of the local congregation giving up their time in the weeks leading up to help ensure that Vaisakhi was a success.

“The Sikh community has a long and proud history here in Gravesham and we appreciate the support of all our partners and the local community in making Vaisakhi such a colorful spectacle.”

Gurvinder Sandher who has been working with the Guru Nanak Darbar Management Committee to organise the festivities added: “It is so rewarding after months of planning to see that despite the poor weather thousands of people coming out to support the Vaisakhi celebrations.

“Great credit needs to be given to all the volunteers who gave up their time to make Vaisakhi such a colourful and spectacular celebration.

“The Vaisakhi celebrations in Gravesham are some of the biggest in the UK and it is a great testament for all concerned that they have evolved from just being a Sikh celebration to one involving all communities regardless of faith.”

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