Where to celebrate Vaisakhi in Vancouver

Photo credit:  Refreshment_66/Flickr

Photo credit: Refreshment_66/Flickr

On Saturday South Vancouver celebrates its annual Vaisakhi parade through Little India. Drawing crowds of around 100,000 spectators for its colourful celebration, we spoke to Ajay Rai from the city’s Ross Street Temple to find out what it’s all about and what Vaisakhi newbies should expect.

Tell me about the festival

It’s the time when most families in India harvest their crops, so it’s like our harvest festival, when we’re happy after the hard work and we get to reap the rewards. It also has a very special significance to the Sikh community. It marks the day in 1699 when the first five Sikhs were baptised by the tenth guru, Gobind Singh, as ‘Khalsa’, Sikhs who undergo the sacred Amrit Ceremony.  Continue reading:
Where to celebrate Vaisakhi in Vancouver

Celebrate Vaisakhi Day 2012: Vancouver Vaisakhi Day Parade & Surrey Vaisakhi Day Parade

Every spring, Sikhs around the world celebrate Vaisakhi Day, a day that marks both the New Year and the anniversary of one of Sikhism’s most important events, the establishment of Khalsa in 1699 and the first Amrit ceremony.

In Greater Vancouver, there are two major Vaisakhi Day celebrations to choose from (or, heck, you can go to both): the Vancouver Vaisakhi Day Parade on April 14, 2012, and the Surrey Vaisahki Day Parade on April 21, 2012. Both celebrations include parade floats, live performers, and free food, generously donated by local community businesses.

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Celebrate Vaisakhi Day 2012: Vancouver Vaisakhi Day Parade & Surrey Vaisakhi Day Parade

Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade April 16, 2011

Every spring, Sikhs around the world celebrate Vaisakhi Day, a day that marks both the New Year and the anniversary of one of Sikhism’s most important events, the establishment of Khalsa in 1699.

In Vancouver, 50,000 people join the celebrations in the annual Vancouver Vaisakhi Day Parade, an event that includes both the parade / processional as well as free food and fun in Vancouver’s Little India.

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Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade April 16, 2011