Tuesday 22 December 2009

Advent 22: Celebrations

Leicester's immigrant population has changed the city is many ways. For example, places of worship have been built, local politics has been engaged with, and the way we celebrate and commemorate has changed. Diwali, Vaisakhi, Eid, Caribbean Carnival etc. are all now celebrated on the streets of Leicester. Vaisakhi is a long established harvest festival in the Punjab and the men in the photo are known as the Panj Piare, or 'Beloved Five', after five men who answered a challenge of Guru Gobind Singh (do they need a special licence for the swords?!).