This year Vaisakhi day fell on Tuesday 14th April. Prior to this, on Sunday 12th April, the Sikh community of Leicester marked Vaisakhi by coming together to hold a food drive.
Vaisakhi is the most important day in the Sikh calendar and marks the formation of the Sikh community in 1699, known as the Khalsa; central to the Khalsa and Sikh faith is the underpinning principle of Seva (Selfless Service).
To celebrate Vaisakhi and put the principles of Seva and Langar into action, we teamed up with Leicester Charity Link, Trussells Trust, Midlands Langar Seva Society (MLSS) and Kirpa Foodbank to provide support and donations to those with the greatest need in positions of vulnerability.
The event was held at Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara on East Park Road where an estimated 5-6 tonnes of food was collected on the day.
Jagjit Singh, Chair of the Leicestershire Sikh Alliance said, “This really is a fantastic way of celebrating Vaisakhi. The fundamental tenants of the Sikh faith are serving others, and treating everybody equally- and what better way to put this into practice than by having a food drive? We urge people of all backgrounds and communities to join us in celebrating, and really helping those in the greatest need”
Amandeep Rai, Vice Chair of the Leicestershire Sikh Alliance said, “In hard times religious communities need to be even more relevant to the harsh realities of the cities they operate in. In this spirit, the Sikh community of Leicester will be celebrating the holiest day in its calendar by making it relevant to all Leicester’s communities. The food drive is a humble attempt to provide relief to the severe difficulties that many from all backgrounds are enduring.”
ITV Central Coverage: http://www.itv.com/news/central/update/2015-04-12/vaisakhi-food-drive-hopes-to-benefit-those-hit-hardest-by-economic-climate/