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Alberta declares April 2017 Sikh Heritage Month

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DH Calgary Staff Apr 11, 2017 2:44 am

The province is recognizing April 2017 as Sikh Heritage Month, celebrating the contributions of Alberta’s Sikh community to Alberta’s cultural diversity.

“Sikh Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate the beauty and wisdom of the Sikh culture and the contributions that Sikh Canadians have made to communities across Alberta,” said Premier Rachel Notley in a release. “I encourage all Albertans to observe Sikh Heritage Month and to explore Alberta’s rich and diverse history.”

April is a significant month for the Sikh community. It’s when Sikh Canadians celebrate Vaisakhi (Sikh New Year), signifies the formation of the Khalsa, and also the Sikh articles of faith in 1699.“The Sikh community in Alberta thanks the government for officially recognizing April 2017 as Sikh Heritage Month,” said President of Gurdwara Surir Guru Singh Sabha, Gurcharan Singh Sangha.”Sikh Heritage Month has been long overdue in this province. It is an opportunity that not only sheds light on the contribution of Sikh Albertans but also provides a chance learn more about what it means to be Sikh.”

The Government of Alberta will celebrate Sikh Heritage Month with members of the community on April 11 in Edmonton and on April 28 in Calgary. An exhibit of Sikh artifacts will be on display in the rotunda of the Alberta legislature throughout the month.

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DH Calgary Staff
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