Manchester, UK. 5th May, 2013. The most important Vaisakhi celebration in the Sikh calendar marked by the Sikh Community of Greater Manchester, with their annual Nagar Kirtan procession through the streets of the city. The Nagar Kirtan is colour, celebration and worship and is an invitation to all regardless of caste, religion and creed to join the Sikhs in celebrating their religion and culture. Credit: Mar Photographics/Alamy Live News

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Manchester, UK. 5th May, 2013. The most important Vaisakhi celebration in the Sikh calendar marked by the Sikh Community Stock Photo
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Manchester, UK. 5th May, 2013. The most important Vaisakhi celebration in the Sikh calendar marked by the Sikh Community of Greater Manchester, with their annual Nagar Kirtan procession through the streets of the city. The Nagar Kirtan is colour, celebration and worship and is an invitation to all regardless of caste, religion and creed to join the Sikhs in celebrating their religion and culture. Credit: Mar Photographics/Alamy Live News
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Nagar Kirtan (Punjabi: ਨਗਰ ਕੀਰਤਨ) is a Sikh custom involving the processional singing of holy hymns throughout a community. While practiced at any time, it is customary in the month of Visakhi (or Vaisakhi). Traditionally, the procession is led by the saffron-robed Panj Piare (the five beloved of the Guru), who are followed by the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy Sikh scripture, which is placed on a float. Commonly, members of the procession are unshod in deference to the scripture so displayed. Likewise, many cover their heads and don the colour saffron or orange. The road before the procession is cleared by Sewadars. Bystanders bow their heads to the scripture. Food may be provided them from floats that follow the Scripture or from stationary points in the vicinity of the procession. The procession concludes at the Gurudwara with Ardas (pray).
Location: Manchester, UK

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