The Vaisakhi Sikh Festival will not feature the usual large gatherings and melas in different parts of the UK this year as the community is asked to stay safe in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic as all events are canceled.
Vaisakhi, which falls on Monday this year, commemorates the establishment of the Khalsa, a collective association of Sikhs.
Virtual kirtans and shabads streamed from Gurdwaras are designed to help the British government's message to stay at home for a festival that is usually characterized by large gatherings and celebrations in different parts of the country.
"When households come together for family celebrations in the coming days, we will also consider how we can help our incredible National Health Service (NHS) staff to care for people through this global health emergency," said Prerana Issar, NHS chief People officer.
"Our NHS staff are doing extraordinary things in this extraordinary time. The best we can do is protect them by following the government's instructions, staying inside and washing our hands. Together, we can focus on that To respect and celebrate the important upcoming dates and festivals, certainly with our families, "she said.
The UK's ongoing social distancing efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 prohibit gatherings of more than two people in public, including religious gatherings and other than funerals.
Police have the authority to punish or even arrest people who violate this ban because the government has asked the public to maintain the course during a long Easter holiday weekend in the UK, including Monday.
London's annual Vaisakhi on the Square in Trafalgar Square, scheduled for next Saturday, was canceled when Mayor Sadiq Khan took measures to enforce the blocking measures in the British capital.
The Mayor of London said: "Our celebrations in Trafalgar Square are key moments that bring communities from across the capital together, but the government has recommended not to hold large gatherings, so we will cancel them until further notice.
"It is important that we take all necessary precautions to ensure the health of everyone in our city."
A similar mega vaisakhi event in Handsworth Park, Birmingham, one of the cities with the largest Sikh population in the UK, is canceled during the closure. The celebrations in Leicester, Southall and Gravesend were also canceled.
"No event on the Sikh calendar should endanger life," said Southall Gurdwara in west London.
Events at annual Vaisakhi events, including colorful Nagar Kirtans street processions that supply the community with langars, and cultural activities such as Gatka's traditional Sikh martial arts have been replaced with a focus on community service to help the vulnerable during the block.
"Our amazing selfless volunteers are committed to helping those in need in this difficult time," said the Khalsa Aid charity, which has been working on the food pandemic and other community support initiatives as part of the pandemic.
On social media, a @ SikhAssembly initiative aims to involve British Sikhs in a "virtual vaisakhi" that is part of a global celebration in which texts, poems, art, photos and video clips are exchanged.
The Sikh Council UK said that Gurdwaras were issued special guidelines for food production during the pandemic to support the production of healthy Langare.