More than 100 people came together to mark an annual ceremony in the Sikh faith.
Crowds gathered at the Guru Gobind Singh Gurudwara Temple on Ryhope Road, Sunderland, today, to mark the 548th birthday of the first Guru in Sikhism, Guru Nanak.
The annual celebration saw people join together to take part in the ceremony of changing the traditional orange and blue Sikh flag, the Nishan Sahib, on the front of the temple.
The flag pole was washed by those gathered before the flag was replaced to mark the occasion.
Paula Kaur Dale, general secretary of the Sunderland Sikh Association said the event had been a success.
"The whole pole is washed and a new flag is raised on the birthday of Guru Nanak.
"The ceremony happens twice a year, once on his birthday, and in April to mark Vai Sakhi- the birth of the Sikh religion.
"The day was attended my members of the community, and there was quite a big turn out.
"We want to raise awareness of what we do to keep the momentum going with the Sunderland City of Culture 2021 bid.
"We want to show the different things that we are doing and show the diversity in the city and let people known what is going on in Sunderland."
The birthday of Guru Nanak is celebrated as the day to remember the first Sikh Guru who laid the foundation of Sikhism.
it is treated a reminder for the devotees to follow his teachings and devote their life in the selfless service of God.
The ceremony was held during a special prayer ceremony which started on Friday, November 3 and will finish tomorrow, Sunday, November 5.
It involves a 48 hour continuous bible reading at the temple.
Chain Singh Gill, chairman of the Sunderland Sikh Association, said he was delighted with how the day went and said it reminds Sikhs to follow the teachings of working hard, sharing and praying.
He said: "The ceremony marks the 548th birthday of the first Sikh Guru.
"He was a Gruu for everybody and he treated everybody with equality.
"Everybody participated in the ceremony and we are very pleased with how it went.
"Around 100 people came along from as far as Newcastle and Hartlepool."