Friday 6 December 2019

Shoes off as Leo enjoys Sikh festival of Vaisakhi

Leo Varadkar and his father Ashok
Leo Varadkar and his father Ashok

Leo Varadkar put his best bare feet forward yesterday when he visited Dublin's only Sikh temple with his father, Ashok.

With his head covered and shoes and socks off, the Taois- each clearly enjoyed the occasion.

Accompanying him were Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy and Fine Gael TD Frances Fitzgerald.

They were there to mark the Sikh religious festival of Vaisakhi, which is celebrated around the world.

The event was held at the Sikh temple, or gurdwara, in Serpentine Avenue.

Vaisakhi marks the inauguration of the Khalsa, a term used for Sikhs who have been initiated into the faith.

It is one of the most significant events in the Sikh calendar.

Mr Varadkar was taken on a tour of the temple before making a short speech.


Hindu and Muslim members of the Indian community also attended the event.

While there, Mr Varadkar enjoyed a meal of dhal and chapati.

Frances Fitzgerald
Frances Fitzgerald

After the visit, Ms Fitzgerald took to Twitter to write: "I have always maintained a close relationship with members of many religious communities throughout my political career.

"Thank you for allowing me to play a small role today - and thank you for your friendship."

Vaisakhi, also known as Baisakhi, is also a harvest festival in the Punjab region of northwest India that neighbours Pakistan.

The Sikh celebration is held every year on either April 13 or 14.

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