It was a colourful juxtaposition of Sikh opulence and tradition and the contemporary Canadian lifestyle as the South Okanagan’s Sikh community celebrated Vaisakhi today in Oliver.

Hundreds of Sikh community members — many dressed in traditional garb — marched from the Bhavsagar Sikh Temple just south of Oliver in a traditional Nagar Kirtan to the Community Centre for entertainment, festive foods and socializing.

Vaisakhi marks the foundation of the Khalsa community of Sikhs in 1699 by Guru Gobind Singh. As well, for Sikhs from the Punjab region of India, the festival marks the traditional solar new year and is often a harvest festival.


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