GALLERY: Hitchin Vaisakhi procession 2013

The annual Vaisakhi procession through Hitchin from the Gurdwara

The annual Vaisakhi procession through Hitchin from the Gurdwara - Credit: Archant

HUNDREDS turned out for a religious parade at the weekend to mark the start of the Sikh New Year.

The annual Vaisakhi procession through Hitchin from the Gurdwara

The annual Vaisakhi procession through Hitchin from the Gurdwara - Credit: Archant

The rain didn’t quite hold off, but that didn’t stop the annual Vaisakhi procession in Hitchin on Saturday.

The annual Vaisakhi procession through Hitchin from the Gurdwara

The annual Vaisakhi procession through Hitchin from the Gurdwara - Credit: Archant

Hundreds from the Herts Sikh community took part, making their way from the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Wilbury Way into the town centre.

Before they set off, trailers were dressed, the holy book Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji was placed on the main trailer and hymns were sung.

Five Sikhs carrying flags led the colourful procession, with another five carrying swords to represent the ‘five beloved ones’, the disciples of Guru Gobind Singh Ji.


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Behind them was the decorated main float, containing the holy book and singers.

Crowds of people turned out to watch the procession, which ended up in Hitchin Market Place.

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Samba and Brazilian Samba band Toque Tombor also carried on an annual tradition by playing music.

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