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Vaisakhi – Handsworth Park – Sunday 26 April 2015


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April 26, 2015
11:00 amto7:00 pm

The Annual Vaisakhi celebrations are being held on Sunday 26th April 2015 in Handsworth Park.  This event is free to all members of the community and will include Sikh cultural activities, children’s inflatable play area, arts and crafts exhibitions and sports and entertainment on the bandstand stage.  There will be a Langar area (marquee in which free food is served) which is an important part of the Sikh faith with food being prepared by the various Gurdwaras (places of worship) from across Birmingham and the Black Country.  There will be an area for worship (Darbar) which will be an important focal point, this will be open to all communities to visit and understand the Sikh faith.

As well as the celebrations in Handsworth Park there will be two processions, one starting at 10.30am from the Baba Sang Gurdwara in Sandwell, travelling along High Street, Toll House Way, Rabone Lane, Booth Street,  Soho Road, Rookery Road, Oxhil Road, Grove Lane and meeting in Handsworth Park. 

The second procession will start from the Ramgarhia Sikh Temple (Gurdwara) in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, Graham Street, Hockley at 10.30  travelling along Vyse Street, Hockley Flyover, Soho Hill, Soho Road, Grove Lane and meeting in Handsworth Park. 

The event will run from 11.00am – 6.30pm.  The processions are due to arrive in the park at approximately 12.30pm (Jewellery Quarter) and 1.30pm (Sandwell). Car Parking will be provided at Handsworth Park via Hinstock Road for Disabled Badge Holders.

There will be an exclusion zone in operation around Handsworth Park and rolling road closures along the procession routes, roads will be closed approximately 1 hour before the start of the procession and will re-open once the procession has safely passed through and the roads are clear.

For further information visit: 0121 523 4144 or visit their website: http://www.vaisakhibirmingham.org/vaisakhi/

Birmingham Resilience Team will also be attending and providing advice and information on being more prepared for emergencies as well as signing up to Birmingham Community Alert.

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