Sunderland’s Sikh community celebrate New Year

Celebrating Sikh Creation day with Nishan Sahib the Flag raising ceremony at the Sikh Temple, Ashbrooke.
Celebrating Sikh Creation day with Nishan Sahib the Flag raising ceremony at the Sikh Temple, Ashbrooke.
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SIKHS in Sunderland have been celebrating a special day.

Baisakhi, or Vaisakhi, marks the founding of the Sikh community, or Khalsa, in the Sikh calendar.

It also celebrates harvest festival and New Year in traditions dating back centuries.

Members of the community in Sunderland gathered to raise an orange flag at their gurdwara, or temple, in Ashbrooke.

In the Sikh religion, this flag is known as Nishan Sahib. Nishan is a word with Arabic roots and in Sikhism means flag, insignia, or banner. Sahib means Master or Lord.

The Nishan Sahib is raised and flown at every Sikh gurdwara, at the highest point of the property when possible.

It dates back to 1606 when Sixth Guru Har Govind raised the first Sikh flag over the Akal Takhat seat of authority in Amritsar, India.