Tauranga's annual Sikh parade awash with colour and cultural traditions

Almost 3000 followers attended the annual Tauranga Sikh community birthday celebrations for their revered spiritual lead...

More than 2000 Sikhs in colourful traditional dress marched or rode through the streets during the Tauranga Sikh Parade to mark the birthday of 10th Guru Gobin Singh Ji.

Today's street parade was hosted by the Tauranga Sikh Sangat Temple and was part of the annual Indian ritual to mark the birth of one of India's most revered spiritual leaders.

The parade began from the temple in Burrows St at 11 am and travelled down 14th Avenue towards Memorial Park, back to 13th Ave before returning to Burrows St.

At the start of the procession water was showered on the roadside to purify the path for a truck carrying the holy book of Sikh followers...

...Sikhs from Te Puke, Pāpāmoa, Hamilton, Rotorua, Whakatāne, Hawke's Bay and Auckland also attended the parade and the birthday celebrations at the temple.

The event, two months in the planning followed by 10 days of preparations for the big day, began with thousands first gathering at the temple for share food and prayers.

Singh said the festival celebrated the "coming together of cultures".

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