On Sunday, Victoria celebrated its first Vaisakhi parade in 100 years!
Organized by the Gurdwara Singh Sabha of Victoria, the excitement, splash of colour, and array of delicious food at the event was enjoyed by about 2,500 participants.
Vaisakhi is a commemoration of the birth or establishment of the order of the Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Sikh Guru, in 1699.
“”For more than 100 years, B.C. has been home to one of the largest Sikh populations outside of India,” reads a statement from Premier John Horgan.
“Our history has been shaped in part by Sikh people in B.C., and our lives are enriched by the inclusive, multicultural society we are so lucky to live in. British Columbia is a better place because of it.”
Check out these 17 photos from the event:
— Del Manak (@ChiefManak) April 29, 2018
Ran into Chief Manak at Victoria’s Sikh community’s Khalsa Day Parade celebrating Vaisakhi, the birth of the Khalsa. What an amazing event! Thank you to the Gurdwara Committee for asking Mayor and Council to participate! @vicpdcanada pic.twitter.com/pGhqtMtItH
— Charlayne T-J (@Chartj88) April 29, 2018
Thank you to Gurdwara Singh Sabha for organizing today’s Vaisakhi parade in Victoria. It was a wonderful event full of community and generosity, and I’m already looking forward to next year! #yyj pic.twitter.com/rFakTuWXhz
— Carole James (@carolejames) April 30, 2018