London's Vaisakhi Festival Is Back Trafalgar Square This April

London's Vaisakhi Festival Is Back Trafalgar Square This April
A woman, microphone in-hand, performs on stage.
The free event takes place in Trafalgar Square on 6 April 2024. Image: Greater London Authority

Vaisakhi Festival — a celebration of Sikh and Punjabi culture — returns to Trafalgar Square this April.

The festival marks the founding of the Sikh community, the Khalsa in 1699, and is celebrated in various events worldwide. London's official Vaisakhi celebrations — on Saturday 6 April 2024 — take the form of a whole afternoon of free entertainment, open to everyone.

Thousands gather in Trafalgar Square to celebrate Sikh religious festival. The historical and religious festival is celebrated by millions of Sikhs every year hosted by Mayor of London.
The festival is family-friendly, providing activities for everyone. Image: Greater London Authority

Events taking place between 12pm-6pm include:

  • Live performances on the main stage (performers tbc)
  • Demonstration of the intense Sikh martial art, Gatka, which uses wooden sticks ('gatka') in place of swords.
  • Free samples of traditional Punjabi delicacies and Indian tea (langar).
  • Turban tying workshops
  • Educational talks on Vaiskahi.
  • A kid's marquee with fun family activities.

Vaisakhi Festival 2024, Trafalgar Square, 6 April, 12pm-6pm. It's free to attend.

Last Updated 12 April 2024

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