Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner has wished Manchester’s Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities a Happy Vaisakhi, as the region celebrates the festival.
Vaisakhi (also spelled Baisakhi) is one of the holiest dates in the Sikh calendar. It is the festival for Sikh New Year and also marks 1699 – the year Sikhism was born as a collective faith. The festival is also marked by other faiths that emanate from the northern Indian sub-continent.
Tony Lloyd has sent a special message to those celebrating the festival, which takes place over the 12 and 13 April this year.
The message reads:
I would like to take the opportunity on this auspicious occasion to wish all the Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities across Greater Manchester a ‘Happy Vaisakhi’.
Community safety remains my top policing and crime priority to ensure that the people of Greater Manchester feel safe in the area they live and work, therefore keeping in contact with communities is very important to me especially at times of celebration.
My vision is for all of us in Greater Manchester to continue to work together and build the safest communities in Britain.
I hope you all enjoy the day celebrating with your families and friends!
Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester
Visit the Indian Association website for Vaisakhi events.
Visit the BBC website for more information on Vaisakhi and other faiths.