Thousands Celebrate Sikh Festival

April 13, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

Up to 10,000 people are taking to the streets of a Berkshire town to mark the founding of the Sikh religion.

A carnival procession and religious services across Slough will mark the festival of Vaisakhi. It has the one of the largest Sikh populations in the UK.

Vaisakhi, also spelled Baisakhi, is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar.

It is the Sikh New Year festival and also commemorates 1699, the year Sikhism was born as a collective faith.