A peaceful, progressive people on parade

Members of South Okanagan’s Sikh community took to Town of Oliver streets Sunday morning to celebrate Vaisakhi, a remembrance of the birth of Khalsa — and the gurus who took a Punjab nation out of slavery in the 14th and 15th centuries.

The event was organized through the Bhav Sagar Tarn Sikh Temple and was the culmination of two weeks of celebration that includes colourful attire, feasting and a recommitment to a peaceful and progressive brotherhood that is dedicated to the service of humanity.

For Sikhs, the festival also marks the traditional solar new year.

Sunday’s parade was characteristic of the South Okanagan Punjabi community, replete with signs of a modern agricultural leadership and the generosity and inclusiveness of their traditions.

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