Vaisakhi is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar. It is the Sikh New Year festival and also commemorates 1699, the year Sikhism was born as a collective faith. The festival is marked with processions through the streets, which form an important part of Sikh culture and religious celebrations.
The procession started at the Gurdwaras, the Sikh place of worship, in Clarence Place, and made its way through the streets to the new Gurdwaras, which has not yet been completed.
The main float carrying the Sikh holy book (Guru Grath Sahib)
Young musicians practice before the start.
Shoes are lined up for the guard, who remove them for prayers.
A religious banner on one of the cars
A helping hand with the tuning
The guards line up next to the main float.
The guards with their shoes at the ready
Finishing touches to the main float
The swords look very sharp.
The main drummer has a quick practice ...
... whilst his friend looks on.
The costumes are colourful.
The women follow the procession ...
The colourful band arrives.
The youngest member full of concentration
A band on a float takes a break.
The main drummer is still busy ...
... and so are the guards.