SIKHS will gather to celebrate in Southampton next weekend.

They will be celebrating what is regarded as the holiest day of the Sikh calendar, Vaisakhi.

Vaisakhi marks the birth of the Sikh order, which formed in 1699, and is the day when the tenth guru Khalse created the Sikh religion. The celebration will take place on April 14.

City culture boss, Satvir Kaur, said: “Southampton is the great place it is because of our diversity.

“Southampton’s annual Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan (parade) is a brilliant, vibrant, and diverse festival, which not only is a good way for the Sikh community to share and showcase their rich culture, but also celebrate the contribution they make to our city.

“As a local Sikh myself, I know how important this festival is to the community. It brings people together and is enjoyed by thousands each year – people of all ages, backgrounds and faiths.

“I’m sure this will be another successful year for organisers.”

The Nagar Kirtan celebrations will begin with the raising of the Nishan Sahib (Sikh flag) at the Civic Centre in Southampton between 9.45am and 10.50am.

The ceremony will include welcomes from the Council of Southampton Gurdwara’s representatives, and the mayor of Southampton.

There will be temporary road closures between 1pm and 4pm, during the procession.

It will take place from the Guru Ravidass Gurdwara, Northumberland Road, and proceed along Derby Road, Northbrook Road, Argyle Road, Brintons Road, St Mary’s Road, Charlotte Place Roundabout, Brunswick Road, London Road, The Avenue, Lodge Road, Bevois Hill, Bevois Valley Road, Onslow Road, Derby Road, and will conclude back at Northumberland Road.

Organisers have asked that children are accompanied by adults, and those under 10 should collect and wear bands from the Gurdwara Campus.

They have also asked that guests ensure their heads are covered at all times, to walk in a line of no more than six people, and that no tobacco or alcohol is consumed as a sign of respect.