Family fun ideas for April 11-13

Spring tulips Photo: Frank Bodden

Spring tulips
(Photo: Frank Bodden / CC, Flickr)

It seems each week brings more and more wonderful activities! This week’s suggestions include very low-cost or free events to satisfy a wide range of interests.

Have a lovely weekend!

Enjoy a wide range of free activities at Celebrate Spring 2014.

Details: Japanese dance, Taiko, Filipino folk dance, kids events and activities, and much more!
Dates and times: Saturday, April 12; 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Nikkei Centre, Burnaby. Click the link for directions and a map.

Visit the monthly Family Day at Place des Arts.

Details: Many kid-friendly activities, including: Icelandic rock painting; pottery demonstrations and workshops.
Dates and times: Sunday, April 13; 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Location: 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam. Click the link for directions and a map

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Celebrate Vaisakhi in 2014


Surrey Vaisakhi celebration
(Photo: Greg Southam / PNG)


Adapted from Sikhiwiki, Wikipedia, and
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The staff at The Westcoast Reader wishes you a harvest of joy and prosperity!

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.

Click the link below for a PDF of this story and to read more about Vaisakhi.

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