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Penn Hospital celebrates Vaisakhi

Samosas were flying off the plate at the Trust’s celebration of Vaisakhi last week at Penn Hospital! At Vaisakhi, Sikhs celebrate the founding of the Khalsa, the collective body of baptised Sikhs created in 1699. Around the time of this festival, those ready to join the Khalsa are baptised. Vaisakhi is also seen as the Sikh New Year Festival.

The event, hosted by the Trust’s Spiritual Care Team, brought together staff, patients and members of the local Sikh Community to share South Asian food, meet the Trust’s Sikh Chaplain and to find out more about this special Sikh festival. One member of staff also made some special eggless cupcakes in the colours of Vaisakhi to share with those who came. The Sikh Chaplain from New Cross Hospital also joined us, and recited prayers of blessing over the food to open the celebration. One of the local Sikh Gurdwaras provided all the samosas and are keen to work more closely with our Trust to promote understanding of mental health and wellbeing within the community.

For photos of the event, why not take a look at our Facebook page!