Massive Vaisakhi parade will fill Newton streets on Saturday

Close to 200,000 people expected to celebrate as part of Sikh religious event

People fill 128th Street during Surrey's Vaisakhi parade in 2014.

SURREY — On Saturday (April 23), Vaisakhi, one of the most important events on the Sikh religious calendar, returns to the streets of Newton.

For more than a decade, Surrey’s Vaisakhi parade has been one of the world’s largest of its kind outside of India.

More than 200,000 people congregate on the streets to enjoy decorated floats, live music and free food and drink from local residents and businesses.

Attendees of all cultures are welcome at the Surrey Vaisakhi Parade, which begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar Temple, located at 12885 85th Ave.

The parade, which features a variety of floats, community groups, live music and dancers and performers, travels along 124th Street, turns left onto 75th Avenue, continues on 76th Avenue, onto 128th Street, then back to the temple.

More than 2,500 people representing close to 20 community groups will participate in Surrey’s big Vaisakhi parade, including the following:

• Sikh Motorcycle Club, established in 2002;

• A 60-member Sikh band that plays instruments from the Punjab;

• Canadian Armed Forces;

• Offerings of parshaad, a traditional Sikh dried sweet, from volunteers with Gurdwara Dasmesh Darbar;

• A crew from Channel Punjabi, host broadcaster;

• Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, a float carrying the Guru Granth Sahib scripture;

• Har Jus Kirtan, performing traditional hymns;

• Khalsa School of Newton, singing and dancing;

• Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara;

• Sikh Academy elementary school;

• Revolution Records (music);

• Guru Angad Dev Ji (G.A.D.) elementary school;

• 3HO yoga demonstration;

• Dasmesh Darbar float;

• Victoria Sikh School, performing traditional hymns and dance;

• Dasmesh Punjabi School of Abbotsford;

• Cloverdale Sikh Society;

• Translink;

• KidsPlay, promoting its youth sports initiatives;

• Mamta Foundation, promoting its efforts to raise funds for the construction of a new building site for abandoned and orphan girls in Jalandhar City, India.

About Vaisakhi:

For thousands of years, Vaisakhi was traditionally a harvest festival holiday, representing a time when farmers would take their sickles out to harvest and celebrate the coming new year.

The event now doubles as a holy day for the Sikh faith, as it marks the creation of the Khalsa and the Sikh identity.

The Khasla was created by Guru Gobind Singh Ji in 1669 when the country faced chaos, corruption and misery. It became a group of people within the community to challenge injustices and preserve the people’s faith in the Sikh religion. The Guru also gifted distinctive clothing and headwear to the Sikh people, known as Bana, or the Five Ks. They are Kesh (unshorn hair), Kangha (the wooden comb), Karra (the iron bracelet), Kirpan (the sword) and Kachera (the underwear).

For more details about events in Surrey, visit Surreyvaisakhiparade.ca.

 

 

Just Posted

Surrey Students NOW slate plans SOGI info session

Event aims to to ‘address concerns and misinformation about the resource being used in our schools’

Another Surrey mayoral candidate wants to ‘pause’ LRT plans

Hayne and his Integrity Now team join other candidates who aren’t sold on the city’s light rail plans

Teen stabbed at Surrey’s Unwin Park

17 year old was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

Cloverdale CHAMP celebrates War Amps on its 100th anniversary

Child Amputee Program provides financial and peer support

North Delta teacher nominated for provincial award

Seaquam Secondary’s Michael Iachetta has been nominated for his work on social equity in schools

Ottawa area residents take stock of tornado rubble as Ford tours the ruins

A tornado on Friday afternoon tore roofs off of homes, overturned cars and felled power lines in the Ottawa community of Dunrobin and in Gatineau, Que.

School, church and old mining site make Heritage BC’s 1st ever ‘watch list”

The list includes sites in need of protection to maintain B.C.’s culture and history

5 to start your day

Maple Ridge students send books to fire-destroyed school, teen stabbed in Surrey park and more

Yowza! Twerk, emoji and facepalm are added to Scrabble dictionary, OK?

Merriam-Webster has announced 300 new words have been added to the spelling game

LGBTQ activists, allies in Victoria counter anti-SOGI protest with rally of their own

Lower Mainland activists plan to protest SOGI on legislature lawn, Sept. 29

Three people attacked on Queensborough Bridge

Man in custody following incident occurred Sunday

Cities make power play for new fiscal order with eye to 2019 federal election

Trudeau ordered Champagne to talk with provinces and territories about ways to “address the timeliness of the flow of funds” to projects.

Trudeau arrives at United Nations, hoping to re-establish Canada on world stage

Trudeau is beginning his day at the opening of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, where he’s scheduled to deliver brief remarks later this afternoon.

B.C.’s FATSO peanut butter to appear on Dragon’s Den

The Victoria company will be featured on the Sept. 27 episode of the popular show highlighting Canadian businesses

Most Read