The Sikh community in Preston will be holding its first ever Nagar Kirtan event this weekend.
The special custom involves a procession through the city, with the singing of holy hymns and a display of Sikh martial arts, and organisers hope the event will attract visitors from across the region.
Lakhbir Singh Rai, general secretary of the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Cultural and Recreation Centre, said the event was the most important date in the calendar for Sikhs, and this year’s would also mark the centenary of the First World War.
He said: “Hopefully, depending on turnout, we are intending to do it year after year.
“We’ve invited every Gurdwara in the North West and I think all their committees will turn up.
“I think the furthest someone is coming is from Southampton.
“It should be a really good day and we are happy because a lot of hard work has gone into this.”
Nagar Kirtan is a Sikh custom involving the singing of holy hymns.
A float will travel through the streets carrying the holy scripture, accompanied by Sikh martial arts.
The procession will start at Guru Nanak Gurdwara at Tunbridge Street on Sunday, heading to the Flag Market, where VIP guests will include Mayor of Preston Coun Veronica Afrin.
She said: “It is fantastic to be a part of the very first Nagar Kirtan in Preston.
“Preston has a diverse community and it is important to celebrate this in order to build strong communities.”