Surrey Vaisakhi celebration
(Photo: Greg Southam / PNG)
Adapted from Sikhiwiki, Wikipedia, and About.com
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People of all cultures and religions celebrate Vaisakhi. It is a day of joy, food and entertainment.
Vaisakhi comes from the Punjab region of India. It is a day of parades, music, dancing and sweet treats. It is one of the most colourful events of the year.
People dress up in their best clothes. They sing and dance. There are races, acrobats and folk music. Stalls sell trinkets, crafts and food.
For Sikhs, the festival is religious. For Hindus and Buddhists, it starts the new year. It is harvest time in the Punjab.
In Canada, many towns and cities celebrate Vaisakhi.
In 2013, 50,000 people attended the Vancouver Vaisakhi parade. The Surrey parade is one of the largest Vaisakhi parades outside of India. Over 200,000 people attended the parade and festival last year.
Vaisakhi Parades in BC
Vancouver, April 12, 2014
The Vancouver parade starts at 11:00 am on April 12.
Surrey, April 19, 2014
The Surrey parade starts at 9:30 am on April 19.
Prince George and Kelowna also have Vaisakhi parades. Check your local newspaper for information.
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