A happy Sikh celebration

Chelsea Powrie

The second annual Vaisakhi parade, celebrating the creation of the Sikh religion, took place Sunday on South Main Street in Penticton.

Hundreds of people were in attendance at the Penticton Sikh Temple to parade down the street in an inclusive, multicultural ceremony.

"We just moved into the neighbourhood and we live right beside the temple so we thought we'd check it out," said Cheryl Wright, who got a turban tied on her head as part of the celebrations. "Very welcoming, and peaceful."

"To celebrate culture is great to see," said Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. "There's been a lot of people from the community who came out so it's great to see." 

Local orchard owner Sunny Dhaliwal used the opportunity to uphold what he called a cornerstone of the Sikh faith, feeding others, by handing out free apples from his orchard. He estimated that by the end of the day, he'd have given out over 1,000 pounds of apples. 

"We have a lot of people that showed up, from all different communities," Dhaliwal said. "It's amazing, we're just having fun."

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