Handsworth Park will once again play host to the largest outdoor Vaisakhi celebrations in Europe on Sunday (April 26).
The Council of Sikh Gurdwaras in Birmingham is organising the annual event, which is free to all members of the community.
Running from 11am to 6.30pm, the event 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 – a marquee in which free food is served – which is an important part of the Sikh faith, with food being prepared by various Gurdwaras across Birmingham and the Black Country.
A worship area, known as a Darbar, will be an important focal point of the day and will be open to all communities to visit and learn more about the Sikh faith.
In addition to the celebrations in Handsworth Park, there will also be two processions.
The first starts at 10am from the Baba Sang Gurdwara in Sandwell, travelling along High Street, Toll House Way, Rabone Lane, Booth Street, Soho Road, Rookery Road, Oxhill Road, Grove Lane and ending in Handsworth Park at 1pm.
The second procession will start from the Ramgarhia Sikh Temple, in the Jewellery Quarter, at 10am, travelling along Vyse Street, Hockley Flyover, Soho Hill, Soho Road, Grove Lane and then arriving at Handsworth Park at 12 noon.
At the head of each procession is the Guru Granth Sahib – the Holy Book of Revelation – led by five Sikhs dressed in ceremonial costume to represent the five original Panj Pyare (the Beloved Ones) who were the first to join the Sikh order more than 300 years ago.
There will be an exclusion zone in operation around Handsworth Park and rolling road closures along the procession routes, roads will be closed approximately one hour before the start of the procession and will re-open once the procession has safely passed through and the roads are clear.
Car parking will be provided at Handsworth Park via Hinstock Road for blue badge holders.
For more information call 0121 523 4144 or go to http://www.vaisakhibirmingham.org