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As the spring season unfolds, the festival of Vaisakhi takes place. Vaisakhi, also known as Baisakhi, isn't just any festival – it's a beautiful reminder of unity, gratitude, and fresh starts.

Understanding the history 

Vaisakhi is one of the biggest festivals in the Sikh calendar, celebrating Sikh and Punjabi tradition. It marks the Sikh New Year. The festival is rooted in the history of the Khalsa Panth and commemorating the essence of devotion and righteousness. The origins of Vaisakhi trace back to the formation of the Khalsa Panth by Guru Gobind Singh Ji in 1699, marking a pivotal moment in Sikh history. It symbolises the victory of devotion and righteousness over malevolence and deceit, embodying the eternal struggle for justice and equality. Over time, Vaisakhi evolved into a celebration of the arrival of spring, with vibrant colours symbolising the blossoming of new beginnings and the renewal of life. Today, Vaisakhi serves as a universal symbol of joy and camaraderie, uniting people across cultural and religious divides. 

Celebrating Vaisakhi in London 

With a sizable Sikh and Punjabi community, the festival holds deep significance in London. From colourful processions to community gatherings and cultural performances, there are lots of ways for you to partake in the festivities. Whether you're exploring the bustling streets of Southall or attending events organised by local communities, there's no shortage of Vaisakhi spirit in the heart of the city. Although traditionally celerbated on the 13 April, this year London City Hall is putting on a festival to celebrate on the 6 April in Trafalgar Square, just down the road from our Strand Campus. You can find more information here. Additionally, students can reach out to KCL Sikh Society to find out about events within the King’s College London community. 

May this Vaisakhi bring joy, blessings, and renewed hope for a brighter future. 



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