April 14, 2018 – Vaisakhi
I would like to take this opportunity to wish members of the Canadian Sikh community a Happy and Prosperous New Year, on the occasion of Vaisakhi.
Vaisakhi is a very significant event in the Sikh calendar and is celebrated this year on April 14th. It is an ancient harvest festival in the Punjab, which also marks the beginning of the solar New Year and a new harvest season.
Vaisakhi commemorates 1699, the year Sikhism was born as a collective faith. In 1699, the tenth guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh, formed the order of the Khalsa (The Pure) thus establishing the present Sikh identity. This is a very significant time in lives of all who celebrate.
In several places in Punjab, colourful Vaisakhi fairs are organized to celebrate the occasion. People participate in these fairs with lots of excitement and enthusiasm. Some major attractions at Vaisakhi fairs are the bhangra/gidda performances, wrestlers – singers and acrobats.
Toronto is a proud multicultural city that embraces a wide variety of cultures and faiths. Our city flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home. It is important to recognize each and every community that plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.
As the Newcomer’s Advocate with the City of Toronto I strongly believe that we must work to together to promote togetherness. We must Respect our newcomer communities. We must Accept our newcomer communities. We should Celebrate our diversity and Embrace our different cultures and traditions, because we are all part of the human RACE.