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Sikh Vaisakhi celebration

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5 Apr 2023 11:00 am -5:00 pm

Manchester Museum, Oxford Road

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You are invited to a Sikh Vaisakhi celebration at Manchester Museum, in partnership with Manchester Sikh Foundation (Feedmycity), on 5 April.

The museum event includes a Langar, which is a Sikh concept founded by the first Guru, Guru Nanak Dev ji.

A Langar is a free, nourishing, vegetarian meal served to anyone regardless of religion, gender, status or ethnicity. It reflects love, equality and compassion.

You will also experience interactive workshops, including meditation sessions and Sikh martial arts performances.

If you would like to join us and share this meal and experience, please sign up for free.


What is Vaisakhi?

Vaisakhi for the Sikhs celebrates the formation of the KHALSA  (the collective, physical embodiment of the Guru).  It was created by the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji in 1699. An initiation ceremony was performed in front of a crowd of 80,000 people. Guruji asked for volunteers who were ready to sacrifice themselves for upholding righteousness. The first Panj Pyaray (five beloved ones) who answered this call proved their unconditional commitment to Guruji. Their names reflect the Khalsa qualities and perspective to life.

Truth is the highest virtue, but higher still is truthful living.

Daya = Compassion and empathy

Dharam = Justice and righteousness

Himmat = Courage and effort

Mohkam = endurance and commitment

Sahib = mastery and sovereignty

Photograph of Sikh Vaisakhi celebration inside tent
Photograph of Sikh group having a meal during Viasaki celebrations
Photograph of Sikh Vaisakhi celebration participants dressed in blue in public space