SIKHS will come together to celebrate in the city this weekend.

The 30th Southampton Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan will be held in Southampton on Sunday.

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.

It is regarded as the holiest day of the Sikh calendar.

Roads in and around the city centre will be closed to allow the celebrations and procession take place.

City culture boss, Satvir Kaur, said: “Southampton’s Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan is an amazing Sikh festival, that celebrates and promotes equality and unity for everyone.

“Organised by the community, it has been a popular feature in our city for decades.

“I hope local residents and visitors alike take advantage in the celebrations, colour, food, martial arts and more.

“The event includes a parade through the city centre, so please remember there will be road closures on this day, if you intended to come into the city.”

The 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.

The temporary road closures will be in plcace 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.