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Bright and colourful Sikh Parade back once again

The Sikh Parade is a bright and colourful celebration. Image: Rosalie Liddle Crawford.

The bright and colourful Sikh Parade will be happening once again this year in Tauranga.

The parade will be taking place on January 5 and is a community event which celebrates the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh.

Guru Gobind Singh was the last of the 10 Gurus who transformed the Sikh faith.

In 1699 he created the Khalsa, a community of the faithful who wore visible symbols of their faith and trained as warriors.

He commanded them to wear the Five Ks: Kesh (uncut hair), Kangha (a wooden comb for the hair), Kara (an iron bracelet), Kachera (tied undergarment) and Kirpan (an iron dagger for defence).

January 5 marks the birth of the 10th Guru, and is regarded as a symbolic day equivalent to Christians celebrating Christmas and the birth of Christ.

This year the parade will start outside the Gurudwara Sikh Sangat on Burrows Street. It will then make its way to 14th Ave and then onto Devonport Road by Tauranga Boys College.

“We will stay at the college for about 10-15 minutes and then we will go to Memorial Park,” says one of the parade organisers Puran Singh.

He also says anyone who wants to join in can.

This is the sixth Sikh Parade in Tauranga and will be starting at 11am on Saturday January 5 and is running until 1.30pm.

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