Vasakhi parade: Thousands filled the streets of Leicester.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThousands of people have taken part in the annual Vaisakhi festival. The Leicester Sikh community filled streets with colours, food, and music.

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Vasakhi is the biggest day for Sikhs and celebrated globally. 15,000 Sikhs attended the event on Sunday.

The day consists of a three mile walk from one Gudwara (temple) to another. Along the way free food which is known in Sikhism as ‘langar‘ is given out to everyone.

Pizza, crisps, chocolates and sweets were free for not only Sikhs but the community to.

Before the parade left the gudwara there was a sword show as well as drumming.

Vasakhi is important to Sikhs and is the biggest day of the year as it is the founding of Sikhism. Vasakhi falls on the 14th April but celebrations continue until the end of the month.

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