Celebrate Vasaikhi in 2014 – Audio

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Vaisakhi dancers
(Photo: LKUIT / CC, FLICKR)

Listen to the story Celebrate Vasaikhi 2014 - Level 3 

Reading by: Patty Bossort

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Celebrate Vaisakhi in 2014

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Surrey Vaisakhi celebration
(Photo: Greg Southam / PNG)

 

Adapted from Sikhiwiki, Wikipedia, and About.com
Level 3

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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Have a happy April Fools’ Day!

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These Groucho glasses are a funny look you can wear on April Fools’ Day.
Image: Mykl Roventine / CC, Flickr

Many countries celebrate April Fools’ Day on April 1. Sometimes the day is called All Fools’ Day.

On this day people play harmless tricks or pranks. The tricks can be played on friends, family, or coworkers. Often newspapers, TV stations and websites play tricks.

No one knows the exact date of the first April Fools’ Day. Most believe it started at least 500 years ago.

Some famous pranks:
In 1957, the BBC reported that Switzerland had a spaghetti harvest that year because of good weather and fewer “spaghetti weevils.” They even showed fake video of peasants picking strands of pasta from trees! Watch the fake news footage here.

In 1996, the restaurant Taco Bell advertised it had purchased a US national treasure—the Liberty Bell—and would rename it the Taco Liberty Bell. This upset many people until they realized it was a hoax! See a photo of the advertisement here.

Do your own pranks!
Remember to keep the jokes fun and harmless. Many city councils have legislated April Fools’ Day only be celebrated until noon.

Follow this link for some ideas that you can try on your family, friends, or coworkers.

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