Saturday’s Vancouver Vaisakhi parade brought celebration to the streets as thousands came out to enjoy one of the most important days for the Sikh community.
Vaisakhi is an important day for Sikhs as it commemorates the birth or establishment of Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Sikh Guru, in 1699.
Khalsa – meaning pure – refers to the baptism ceremony all Sikhs are expected to go through as part of their own personal spiritual evolution.
South Vancouver’s streets were filled with colour, Punjabi music, and amazing food.
If you missed out on the festivities here are 22 photos of the Vancouver Vaisakhi parade 2017.
On Saturday, April 22, Surrey will be hosting another Vaisakhi parade, which is also the largest celebration outside of India.
I’ve always loved going to this parade and seeing our colorful culture on display with people from every ethnic background enjoying the food, music, and celebrations! The sun coming out was a huge bonus! . Happy Vaisakhi (New Year) Everyone!! ☬ 🇨🇦 🇮🇳 . #vaisakhi #khalsa #sikhism #united #vancouver #sikh #parade #vancitybuzz #vancityvibe #vancityhype #dailyhivevan #doitfortheculture
— Christy Clark (@christyclarkbc) April 15, 2017
— John Horgan (@jjhorgan) April 16, 2017
— Cst Terry Parmar (@VPD3Charlie14) April 15, 2017
Great joining the Vaisakhi congregation in Vancouver this morning! Today we march in unity to celebrate the birth of the Khalsa Panth 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/8j02LqjYa3
— Randeep S. Sarai (@randeepssarai) April 15, 2017
— Harjit Sajjan (@HarjitSajjan) April 15, 2017