Handsworth Vaisakhi Mela 2019

posted Jun 7, 2019, 5:06 AM by R Dhanjal   [ updated Mar 26, 2020, 3:54 AM by Unknown user ]

Vaisakhi Mela is a traditional festival to celebrate the birth of Sikhs. The original Vaisakhi celebration takes place on Sunday 14th April; the actual mela takes place on Sunday 28th April. There are many festivals taking place in many  different parks. On Vaisakhi, there are usually parades going through the streets of Birmingham with lots of people taking part in different activities. For example, people were playing drums and holding traditional swords to represent their bravery of protecting the vulnerable.

On Sunday 28th April the Holyhead BBC young reporters in Year 7 went to Handsworth Park to interview some residents who celebrate the Vaisakhi Mela. The team went around the park and asked questions what Vaisakhi is all about and why people celebrate the event. One person said “I really enjoy Vaisakhi because I have lots of fun with my family.” Another woman said she enjoys it because they get to know more about their religion.  At the time of the event the BBC team took some pictures of some of the things that happened at the festival; they also took some videos which you can see on the Holyhead BBC Website.

Maisha: “I had never had so much fun in any other Mela”

Tamanna: “It was a really good festivals and it made me closer to my own religion.”

Leya: “It was an enjoyable time and I’m glad I enjoyed it with my friends and family.”

Emma: “I’ve really enjoyed working on this project with my friends.”

In conclusion everyone in the Mela were enjoying themselves a lot and had a great day. Even though the day came to an end everyone had a smile on their faces.

Report by Emma M8,Tamanna C4, Leya M5, Maisha O8