Vaisakhi is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar! It’s a time when families and friends come together to commemorate the birth of the Sikh order, Khalsa and celebrate the Sikh New Year. To mark the festival, Sikh Gudawaras around the UK are elaborately decorated and the day of festivities is marked by parades, dancing and holy songs.
To celebrate the religious festival, I was asked to do the catering at 10 Downing Street yesterday. I was honoured to meet the Prime Minister, Theresa May and Home Secretary, Amber Rudd before enjoying a lunch of vegetarian cuisine.
The Prime Minister said, ‘As Sikhs across the globe take part in spectacular processions, and neighbourhoods and gurdwaras burst forth with colour, I would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the immense contribution British Sikhs make to our country. Whether it’s in the fields of business, the armed forces or the charitable sector, you consistently follow the pillars of your faith and in so doing set an example to us all’.
It was a fantastic day and I very much thank 10 Downing Street for having me. Happy Vaisakhi!