Surrey Vaisakhi Parade 2016
Vaisakhi, the harvest festival, was celebrated in Surrey April 23, with much delight and elation. Individuals came out in droves to attend the Nagar Kirtan procession and celebrate the festival which commemorates the birth of the Khalsa and also marks the New Year for Sikhs.
"Vaisakhi is an important reminder of the proud and enduring Sikh culture. For over a century, your contributions to British Columbia have enriched us all. Thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, to grow our economy and strengthen our communities," BC Premier Christy Clark said in a statement.
“On behalf of all British Columbians, I wish you prosperity, health and happiness as you celebrate with your friends, family and community, and for the coming year."
There was excitement in the air as parade attendees, ranging in ages and ethnicities, watched the floats during the Nagar Kirtan, and along the route, there were food stalls, booths and stages, which featured performers from religious groups singing Kirtan.
The Nagar Kirtan commenced at the Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar Temple at 85th Avenue, and travelled along 124th Street, then the procession turned left onto 75th Avenue, continuing along 76th Avenue. The parade then headed up 128th Street, and the Granth returned to the Gurdwara on 85th marking the conclusion of the procession.