Trafalgar Square will host London’s official celebration of Vaisakhi, the Sikh New Year festival, next Sunday (4th May).
London’s celebrations will begin at 11.30am with prayers, hymns and messages for peace performed by groups from London Gurdwaras. Later in the day there will be performances of traditional and modern Asian music and dance and DJ’s from Sunrise Radio including UK Asian Music Awards newcomer award winner H-Dhami, R&B artist Jay Sean and vocalist Alyssia.
Young achievers from the Sikh community will be presented with with awards for their achievements in the arts, sport and education or for the contribution they have made to their community.
Throughout the day free vegetarian food provided by the Sikh community will be served.
The free event is organised by the Greater London Authority in association with the Vaisakhi in London Committee. The Committee’s Chair, Manjit Singh Buttar JP said the ceremony was important “for all Sikhs around the world and promotes friendship, mutual respect and peace along with the core values of equality, diversity and tolerance for all, which are vital for a multicultural city like London.”
“Londoners of all backgrounds are welcome to enjoy the celebrations on Trafalgar Square to learn more about Sikhism and enjoy a fun day out with all the family.”