Sun Smiles On Festival Day As 20,000 Sikhs Celebrate In Leicester

April 19, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Leicester Mercury

http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/evington/Sun-smiles-festival-day-20-000-Sikhs-celebrate/article-2035316-detail/article.html

Streets were transformed into a rainbow of colour as thousands of worshippers from all over the country flocked to Leicester to mark the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi.

Up to 20,000 people yesterday joined a parade in glorious sunshine led by five Panj Piara, or the beloved ones, while crowds lined the streets and music rang out from decorated floats.

The procession started at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Holy Bones at 11.30am and snaked its way through the city for about three hours before arriving at the Guru Teg Bahadur Gurdwara, in East Park Road.