Vancouver Vaisakhi 2015


Spring officially arrives in Vancouver with the annual Vaisakhi parade. In my mind, a festival unrivaled for attendance, inclusion and sense of what makes Canada’s heart beat. A day when weather scoffs at forecasts of rain, preferring the call of Bangra drums.

Vaisakhi celebrates the 1699 founding of Khalsa, a Sikh military order created to stop Hindu and Sikh Punjabis from being forcibly converted to Islam.

http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Vaisakhi

Vancouver’s South Asian community serves as an example of multicultural harmony. Festival perfection delivered with nary a grump, welcoming acceptance, staggering offers of free curries, pakoras and chai tea. Notes had a happy day.

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