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.
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.