Mayor announces return of Vaisakhi celebrations to Trafalgar Square
London — The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that celebrations to mark Vaisakhi will return to Trafalgar Square this Saturday.
From 1-6pm, visitors can enjoy a celebration of Sikh and Punjabi tradition, heritage and culture, hosted by broadcaster and presenter Tommy Sandhu.
There are a host of activities planned including arts and crafts, demonstrations of martial art Gatka, and a children’s marquee provided by Kiddie Sangat.
Entertainment will include music from 10-piece marching band Asian British Music (‘ABM’) who will perform the Sikh anthem ‘Deh Shiva Bar Mohe Hai’, kirtan performances on the big screen from Qi-Rattan and Manika Kaur, as well as celebratory messages including from Karenjeet Bains, the first Sikh woman to compete for Great Britain in powerlifting.
There will also be the chance to see expert chefs Manpreet Sing and Arbinder Singh prepare Sikh dishes traditionally offered as langar, and promote food sustainability and organic produce.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m incredibly excited to welcome Londoners and visitors back to Trafalgar Square for the Vaisakhi festival. It is an amazing showcase of Sikh and Punjabi heritage and culture in the heart of our great city, and another great example of how diversity is London’s greatest strength.”