I was strolling near S. Maria Maggiore today, and came across a most colourful and rather noisy procession. Men in turbans were handing out refreshments and there was quite the party atmosphere. It seems that Rome's Sikh community was celebrating their New Year's Day which fell yesterday.
At the vanguard of the procession came a truck spraying water onto the street, followed by a small army of sweepers...
... because some of those marching in the procession were barefoot.
After them came these impressive fellows.
Sure, we have the fullness of faith, but I think we do have something to learn from our Sikh brethren... We Catholics should consider the greater liturgical use of swords.
Next came this float.
and after the float, these Sikh women in colourful dress.
Anyone out there knowing anything about Sikhism is welcome to comment on the significance of the various costumes, etc...