Because of its location as a major seaport, and because of traditional associations in the past with the Raj, Southampton has been home for a substantial minority Sikh population from the Punjab area of India. This community has established itself as part of the culture of the city and, as such, celebrates its own traditions and religious festivals.
Vaisakhi is the Spring celebration of the formation of the religion and is also a thanksgiving for Spring and the harvest. It is traditional to serve food to anybody who desires it through the Gurdwaras (temples) of which there are four in a close proximity to each other.
As part of the clebration a procession moves from Gurdwara to Gurdwara with great colour and with great pomp, spurred on by musicians and the ever-gathering crowds, with food being served along the route at each temple, and from the lorry carrying the priests.
I am grateful for the friendliness of the Sikh community of Southampton for making me feel welocme whilst photographing their special celebrations.
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