Once a year in April, Punjabis gather together to celebrate Vaisakhi, a harvest festival and the Sikh new year. This year was the first time I saw the festivities being celebrated at London’s City Hall.
The City Hall celebrations added a new dimension to the festival by showcasing hymns, poems, art exhibitions and children’s activities. Works on display were by Inkquisitive (a personal favourite!) Rupy Kaur and the photographic ‘SINGH‘ project by Amit and Naroop. Poems were also recited by Behind the Netra and talks were given by Jatinder Singh Durhailay.
The City Hall celebrations in London were aimed at a wide audience and had a heavy artistic influence. The celebrations in Southall, on the following day, were centred around the community and the act of seva – selfless service. Food is distributed to attendees regardless of their background and crowds gather to welcome the procession of the Guru Granth Sahib.