The Sikh community brought colour to the streets of Torrevieja at the weekend as they joined to celebrate the community fiesta ‘ Nagar Kirtan ‘ with a party and parade attracting hundreds of participants from provinces all over the region.
The festival is a Sikh custom involving the processional singing of holy hymns throughout a community bringing the message of God to the doorstep of the community. It is very common for Nagar Kirtans to take place wherever Sikhs live. They take place all over the globe.
The festival once again demonstrated the multi ethnicity of the city, described by city officials as the best antidote to promote healthy living among the melting pot that it constitutes.
The Indian community who follow the Sikh religion celebrate ‘ Nagar Kirtan ‘ every year with a colorful parade which tours the town inviting residents to better understand their traditions and their customs.
Sunday’s initiative was organised by the Sikh community of Torrevieja in collaboration with the City and the Association of Immigrants.
It began at the Sikh temple of Torrevieja , located in the industrial estate Casagrande , where several hundred people attended the launch. The parade then moved through the streets of the town to the Paseo Vista Alegre. During the tour, the organizers offered food and drink to spectators and to anyone who wanted to find out more about the procession and the ceremony.
The parade featured a float decorated with colorful garlands carrying the ‘ Guru Granth Sahib ‘, the sacred scripture of the Sikh religion. Participants walked barefoot all the way and all had their heads covered.
They were preceded by a group of men and women carrying brooms to clean used to floor as they also threw flower petals. All sang hymns during the festive parade. The representative of the temple in Torrevieja, Taranpreeet Singh , said the community is keen to integrate with other religious and social groups in Torrevieja as yhey continue to make their religion better understood.
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