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Vancouver’s annual Vaisakhi parade attracts thousands

Vancouver’s annual Vaisakhi parade

Vancouver, April 19 (UITV)- Vancouver’s annual Vaisakhi parade takes place Saturday and the traditional Sikh festival attracts thousands of spectators across Vancouver. What added the enthusiasm of people was the presence of defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan, who is also an MP from Vancouver South.

Others who joined the celebration were local politicians, including Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and B.C. Premier Christy Clark was also present with her cabinet colleagues. Clark emphasized that Vaisakhi was no more a South Asian festival, but it has rather become a Canadian festival.

The celebration followed by the recent announcement by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the official apology for Komagata Maru incidence coming next month.

The parade started at the Ross Street Temple at 11 a.m. and covered some area before returning back to the temple.

The centuries-old harvest festival is one of the most important times of year for the Sikh community, with those in attendance enjoying free food and drink in keeping with religious teachings. Despite being the Sikh festival, the Vaisakhi parade plays host in many different ethnic groups who took an active role in the parade.

Meanwhile, in the light of forthcoming assembly election in Punjab next year, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had pitched a tent to raise awareness among the NRIs on the occasion.

For those who missed it, or want more, there is a second even-larger Vaisaki parade the following weekend in Surrey.
 

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