14 April 2013 was an important date in the Sikh calendar as Vaisakhi was celebrated around the world. Sometimes known as Sikh New Year, Vaisakhi marks a time of religious renewal and occurs during spring. The festival combines some elements of traditional spring grain harvest festivals and a commemoration of a seminal event in Sikh history.
The traditional home of Vaisakhi is the Punjab region, so we celebrated the festival with some traditional Punjabi Bhangra music.
First of all we watched some Bhangra dancing, courtesy of YouTube.
The children began to join in almost immediately.
J (17m) is very musical and loved shaking his bells and moving about in time to the music. The older children tried to imitate the dancers on the screen.
The dancing went on for a long time, interrupted only by J’s dad coming to pick him up at home time. After J had left and while I was preparing tea in the kitchen, the children raided the dressing up box. This was the sight that greeted me when I popped my head round the door to check what they were up to:
Happy Vaisakhi 2013 Everyone!