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