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Shakespeare and East Ham Vaisakhi – 2007

Shakespeare and East Ham Vaisakhi – for me Sunday twenty second April 2007 was very a lot a day of two halves, with a morning spent on the Shakespeare’s Birthday celebrations across the Globe Theatre in Southwark and the afternoon with Sikhs celebrating in East Ham.

Shakespeare’s Birthday – Globe Theatre, Southwark

Shakespeare was born in April 1564, however the actual date isn’t recognized, although he was baptised on April twenty sixth. Conventionally his birthday is widely known on St George’s Day, April 23, so though this occasion was a day earlier it was simply as more likely to be his precise birthday.

Shakespeare and East Ham Vaisakhi

Unusually I didn’t write something on the April 2007 web page of My London Diary about both of the 2 occasions I photographed on this Sunday, aside from the hyperlinks to to pages of images, however there are some captions with the images that give the story of the day.

Shakespeare and East Ham Vaisakhi

Individuals met on Montague Shut on the north entrance to Southwark Cathedral for the beginning of the carnival procession. Amongst them have been the Pearly King of Bow Bells & Blackfriars and the Pearly Queen of the Previous Kent Highway, in addition to a really splendid massive dragon, who was accompanied by a person in a harlequin costume and masks of diamonds of blues, greens, yellows and reds.

Shakespeare and East Ham Vaisakhi

Luckily for the dragon I believe St George was saving his look for the next day, though later there was a person carrying his flag, and maybe the person himself arrived after I needed to rush away at midday.

Shakespeare and East Ham Vaisakhi

There have been musicians with massive drums and small whistles and others in some type of medieval costume in addition to a big posse of masked kids as we made our approach west previous Pickfords Wharf and alongside Clink Road to the riverside and Bankside in entrance of the reproduction Globe theatre have been we have been welcomed by Inventive Director Dominic Dromgoole, who invited us all – together with the dragon – into the theatre.

Given the Globe is a wood construction which might burn relatively properly this was maybe foolhardy, however the dragon did appear relatively wanting fiery breath and on his or her greatest behaviour and posed for pictures relatively tamely and demurely on the stage with the youngsters and others. No kids have been eaten or maidens ravaged at the least whereas I used to be there.

I used to be sorry to depart, however there’s a time for all issues, and my time on Bankside ran out quick, and the journey to the Gurdwara in East Ham from London Bridge to West Ham after which East Ham and the stroll to Rosebery Avenue took me round an hour.

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Vaisakhi – East Ham – Gurdwara Dasmesh Darbar

The road was densely crowded as I acquired near the Gurdwara, however individuals have been very welcoming and let me via, although I finished to take just a few photos of them.

As I arrived the organisers have been giving individuals on the entrance of the group handfuls of flower petals which have been thrown because the Guru Granth Sahib – the sacred Sikh scriptures and everlasting Guru – was carried on cushions on its bearers head, sheltered by a saffron and blue umbrella, to be positioned on a float.

The got here the Khalsa, carrying Sikh requirements and with the 5 in saffron robes holding their swords.

There have been prayers and the 5 had flower garlands positioned round their necks and loud blasts from a splendid curved metallic horn, a Narsinga introduced the beginning of the procession, with the congregation becoming a member of behind the float carrying the Guru Granth Sahib.

The Khalsa stroll barefoot with holding their swords upright and looking out forward relatively than on the floor and a workforce of sweepers, additionally barefoot, sweep the roadway in entrance of them.

The procession moved onto the primary highway, Excessive Road North, which was quickly packed so far as I may see in each instructions. I waited for the top of the procession to go however didn’t comply with it on the lengthy procession across the space which takes a number of hours.

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