Thousands expected for Nagar Kirtan Sikh procession in Leicester

Sikh procession in Leicester for Nagar Kirtan

The annual Nagar Kirtan procession, which last year attracted about 10,000 Sikhs, will be making its way through the city on Sunday 19th November. Motorists coming into the city are advised of possible traffic disruption.

The event celebrates the birth of Sikhism’s first Guru and founder, Nanak Dev Ji.

The colourful procession will set off from the Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara in East Park Road, between 11am and 12noon.

The procession route will include St Peter’s Road, Sparkenhoe Street, Swain Street, St George’s Way, Charles Street, Northampton Street, Granby Street, Gallowtree Gate, East Gates, High Street, St Nicholas Place and finally to St Nicholas Circle, before finishing at nearby Holy Bones, at 3pm.

It will mean a series of rolling road closures while the procession passes through the city. Information signs will be going up on main routes into the city ahead of the procession to warn drivers.

The event has been celebrated in Leicester for more than 20 years, and involves people in the procession walking from temple to temple, singing hymns and distributing food.

Leicester assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, said: “This event is one of the most significant in the Sikh religion, and because of that it attracts thousands of people every year, both as spectators and in the procession itself.”

“Rolling road closures will be needed as the procession passes through the city, so we are making sure people who want to come into the city for Christmas shopping that day are aware of this event and can plan accordingly.”

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