Gravesend Vaisakhi celebrated by thousands

PUBLISHED: 13:50 18 April 2011


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Vibrant colours and a party atmosphere filled the streets as thousands turned out to celebrate the Sikh holy festival of Vaisakhi on Saturday.

Gravesend welcomed visitors from across the UK to enjoy the procession and festivities centred around the newly built £15 million Gurdwara off Trinity Road.

The procession (Nagar Kirtan) was led by the Panj Piary - the beloved five - in saffron coloured robes and turbans, followed by the Sikh’s holy book the Guru Granth Sahib in a model of the Golden Temple.

Beginning at the new temple, one of the biggest outside of India, it snaked through the town centre before returning to the Gurdwara where traditional food and entertainment were on offer.

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