Marking the birth of the Khalsa (the pure ones), Vaisakhi is the most important date in the Sikh calendar that falls on 14 April every year. Vaisakhi is celebrated in all major cities and towns across Britain over the last 40 years. For past 10 years, the Sikh community from Reading and Wokingham region celebrate this event with a Nagar Kirtan which is usually attended by up to 2000 people. This year Vaisakhi will be celebrated on Sunday, 1May 2016. This event is organised jointly by the two Gurdwara’s in Reading and Wokingham. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the free celebrations and join in with the Nagar Kirtan which will begin with prayers and messages for peace. Shabad Kirtan (religious hymns) will be led by the ‘Panj Pyare’ (Five Sikhs) from Reading Gurdwara (Sikh temple). During the procession, a collection will be made for Daisy’s Dream. The procession will begin from Gurdwara in Cumberland Road at 10.30am and will make its way to the Gurdwara in London Road. Free vegetarian food will then be served during the afternoon; which all are welcome to partake in.

Gill Stevens, Director of Daisy’s Dream, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that the Sikh community has chosen to support Daisy’s Dream at the Nagar Kirtan this year, this will be a wonderful opportunity to raise the profile of our organisation, helping us to ensure that children and families can access the support they need at a time when it is most needed. We really appreciate the help of the Sikh community in enabling us to do this”

Vaisakhi promotes friendship, mutual understanding and respect, a message that has particular relevant in this day and age. All are welcome to join this festival, which underlines the core Sikh values of equality, communal harmony and in particular religious tolerance.

Vaisakhi is organised by Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Reading(Charity Registration No. Reading 266714) – www.readinggurdwara.org – and is  supported by Thames Valley Police, Reading Borough Council, Wokingham Council and Royal Berkshire Fire Brigade.