Vaisakhi celebrations a colorful cultural feast in the Okanagan

The Vaisakhi parade on South Main Street with the Sikh Temple in the background. (Mark Brett - Western News)
A mock battle using traditional weapons. (Mark Brett - Western News)
One of the Vaisakhi parade marshals smiles as the parade makes its way along South Main Street. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Flag bearers dressed in traditional colours wait for the parade to begin. (Mark Brett - Western News)
One of the elders watches the proceedings from the float she was riding on. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Unique spinning rope skills demonstrated on the parade route by this performer. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Culture spilled over into the streets and Princess Margaret Secondary School Sunday with the third annual local Vaisakhi celebrations.

Organized by the Penticton Sikh Temple, the day included a number of special events at the temple and Maggie as well as a colourful parade that went in a circle from the temple on South Main Street to Yorkton Avenue, Wilson Avenue and Green Avenue to the high school and back.

The parade consisted of brightly coloured floats, martial arts and fight demonstrations with traditional weapons and the Sikh Riders of Canada motorcycle club.

Vaisakhi is a religious festival that is celebrated by Sikhs all over the world and is known as one of the most important events in the Sikh Calendar. It signals the start of the harvest season and the creation of the Khalsa, the Sikh brotherhood.

READ ALSO: Penticton Sikh Temple invites the public to celebrate Vaisakhi

The procession includes the Guru Garanth Sahib (the holy Sikh book) which is placed on a float.

READ ALSO: South Okanagan celebrates Vaisakhi

At the school there were speakers, and traditional songs sung and traditional foods.

From there everyone returned to the temple for more activities.


 

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