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Community garden focal point for festival celebrations

April 6, 2015

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The last week or so has seen celebrations in a number of faiths starting with the Hindu Shri Ram Navami at the end of last month; the Jewish Passover (Pesach) on Saturday and Christ overcoming death with his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Tuesday, April 14 sees the arrival of Vaisakhi (or Baisakhi) – which is especially important for the Sikh community as it marks the establishment of the Khalsa and is celebrated around the world by Sikh diaspora.

The festival also coincides with others remembered on the first day of Vaisakh, in some regions of India such as Puthandu, the Tamil new year.

Vaisakhi is a harvest festival for Punjabis and, according to their calendar marks the start of the Punjabi new year.

The Punjabi calendar is based on the Bikrami calendar and is used by all communities. Hindus use the Punjabi calendar as their religious calendar too. Fairs are organised on Vaisakhi day in Punjabi villages.

Celebrating Vaisakhi nearer to home, Walsall’s Caldmore Community Garden sees an open day this coming weekend – presenting the area’s cultures and religions.

The harvest and community celebration on Saturday begins at noon with a Bhangra dance workshop for all ages (repeated after 2pm) and continues with tabla concert, the story of Vaisakhi, and stories of Sikhs who settled from the Punjab.

They’ll be activities for the children, plenty of food, and lots of opportunities to help and enjoy the garden.

The event is organised together with Caldmore Gurdwara, Walsall Housing Group and Caldmore Village Festival Group, with the help of Near Neighbours’ funding.

With warm weather forecast all week, hope to see you at Caldmore Community Garden in Carless Street, Walsall (WS1 3RH) between noon and 4pm.

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