Around a thousand people crowded the streets of Rutland Saturday for the the fourth annual Vaisakhi parade.
The event was full of gorgeous colours and traditional Sikh outfits, along with beautiful music and delicious food.
Local politicians were also in attendance wearing traditional robes including:
- Kelowna City councillors (Maxine DeHart, Mohini Singh & Gail Given)
- MLA's (Norm Letnick & Steve Thomson)
- MP Ron Cannan.
“It was very nice, even bigger than last year,” said President of the Okanagan Sikh Temple Balbir Singh Kang. “I am very excited about the turn out.”
He says he was so pleased to see the entire community out, not just those of the Sikh religion.
“We invited the community out and everyone was here, all different colours, it was really, really nice.”
In Sikhism, Vaisakhi is one of the most significant holidays in their calendar.
It commemorates the establishment of the Khalsa at Anandpur Sahib in 1699, by the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh.
In the Punjab region of India, Vaisakhi is also the ancient harvest festival that marks the beginning of a new year. It falls in the middle of the month of April because this marks the harvest time of the winter crops.
The parade was recorded live, but there were technical difficulties - watch the parade here.