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On Saturday 30 of April, , hundreds of Sikhs flooded the streets of Athens to celebrate Vaisakhi, the April holiday that celebrates both the Sikh New Year and the founding of Sikhism in 1699.
This year the Sikh community in Athens, celebrated later Vaisakhi, choosing the 30 of April and giving to all members the opporunity to participate.
The Sikh community in Greece, numbered at around 20,000 according to a 2012 report, joined together to mark the holy day, celebrating, old and young alike, in brightly colored festival clothing. Many of the participants were immigrants to Greece, part of a growing Sikh community in the European Union.
The yearly holiday is traditionally accompanied by festive processions through the streets, called nagar kirtan
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