TORONTO: Following the earlier two several years were being marred by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Sikh group in Canada held in-man or woman celebrations of Vaisakhi, ushering in the new yr.
Amongst the dwell activities to be held this yr was that noticed by the Khalsa Diwan Culture in Vancouver, which was set up in 1906 and constructed the historic Ross Road Gurdwara two several years later on, amongst the initially in the region.
That gurdwara is now at a different site, and it was the location for the Vaisakhi celebrations this yr, which witnessed just about ten,000 users of the congregation, or sangat, take a look at on Saturday.
Even so, the classic Khalsa Working day Parade, did not acquire position this yr and the celebrations were being limited to in the roomy compound of the gurdwara. The oldest nagar kirtan in the region, was initially held in 1979.
Culture president Malkiat Singh Dhami mentioned, “We were being incredibly fired up to organise Vaisakhi celebrations this yr but mainly because of the pandemic we were being not capable to system forward. It requires time to set jointly the parade so we could not do that mainly because of lack of time. But we felt we need to even now rejoice so we held it in the compound.”
Amongst the highlights of the renewed celebration was the start of a float showcasing the Expert Granth Sahib, which shaped the showpiece for the accumulating.
Amongst individuals attending the party was Minister of Global Improvement Harjit Sajjan, who tweeted, “After two several years, it is good to eventually be capable to rejoice Vaisakhi in South Vancouver with our group nowadays.”
Also existing were being federal MPs, provincial and municipal leaders and India’s consul basic in Vancouver.
Vaisakhi celebrations will also return to Toronto this thirty day period, with Khalsa Working day 2022, organised by the Ontario Sikhs and Gurudwara Council (OSGC), scheduled for this Sunday. The party to mark the 323rd Revelation Working day of Khalsa, when Expert Gobind Singh set up the buy, is the premier in the region and has, in the earlier, captivated just about fifty,000 people to the location in downtown Toronto.
Even so, yet again thanks to Covid-19, the accompanying parade will not acquire position this yr. Vaisakhi celebrations have been organised by OSGC in Toronto considering that 1986.
As April is also marked as Sikh Heritage Thirty day period in the region, the Nishan sahib, the triangular pennant of the religion, will be lifted at different localities in the region. 1 this kind of party is scheduled for Thursday at the Metropolis Corridor in Brampton in the Larger Toronto Location.