VAISAKHI

I recently went to the city of Novellara to attend Vaisakhi. For who doesn’t know what I’m talking about, Vaisakhi is a traditional Sikh celebration commemorated all over the world.

Sikhs gather at their temple, called Gurdwara, all elegant in their most beautiful and colourful attires. Orange is predominant, being it the traditional colour. Sikhs say their prayers, which – trust me – is an incredible moment to witness. They enjoy a meal together and then a procession begins, where a flood of people in their brightest clothes, many without shoes, walk and sing and pray. It feels like being part of a solemn and joyous rainbow.

The beauty of the Sikh community really charmed me since my first Vaisakhi two years ago, that’s why I wanted to come back again. Not to talk of the amazing food they invite you to enjoy in a communal meal, which is, by the way, another incredible moment of togetherness to experience. All people are welcome to attend, all are taken care of, all are given their full and warm attention because Sikhs believe in a non-sexist, non-racist society where all people of all casts, religions are equal, and it really shows in the most natural and enchanting way.

Note: I’m not by any means an expert of the Sikh community, or their religion customs and traditions. So if you’re curious to know more I suggest you this online resource: http://www.sikhs.org/.

Sikh people attending the Vaisakhi celebration in the city of Novellara
Sikh people and some children attending the Vaisakhi celebration in the city of Novellara
An old Sikh woman attending the Vaisakhi celebration in the city of Novellara
Sikh men on top of some stairs attending the Vaisakhi celebration in the city of Novellara
Two Sikh men solemny attending the Vaisakhi celebration in the city of Novellara
A Sikh woman carrying a baby attending the Vaisakhi celebration in the city of Novellara
Sikh people attending the Vaisakhi celebration in the city of Novellara
Two Sikh girls attending the Vaisakhi celebration in the city of Novellara
Sikh people on the floor eating together while attending the Vaisakhi celebration in the city of Novellara
Sikh people and children attending the Vaisakhi celebration in the city of Novellara
Detail of a bright orange and golden veil worn by a Sikh woman attending Vaisakhi in Novellara
Al old Sikh lady solemny looking ahead of her through a window while attending Vaisakhi in Novellara

Photography | Words : Rosamaria Filograsso


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