Members of Victoria’s Sikh community gather in celebration of Vaisakhi, during last year’s Khalsa Day parade. (Victoria News file photo)

Members of Victoria’s Sikh community gather in celebration of Vaisakhi, during last year’s Khalsa Day parade. (Victoria News file photo)

Khalsa Day parade hits Victoria streets Sunday

Second annual celebration gets underway at 10 a.m. from Cecelia Road temple

More than 2,000 people are expected to attend this years Khalsa Day Parade for Vaisakhi on Sunday (April 28) to commemorate the birth of the Khalsa.

As one of the most celebrated days in the Sikh calendar, last year’s parade drew over a thousand attendees, and according to organizers, the parade’s popularity continues to grow.

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The parade will see hymn singing, martial-art displays and distribution of food from the langar, the free community kitchen.

The parade begins at 470 Cecelia Rd. at 10 a.m. and travels along Napier Lane, Burnside Road, Alpha Street, Douglas Street, Finlayson Street and Jutland Road, before ending back where it started around 4 p.m.

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Typically, Sikhs celebrate Vaisakhi in mid-April, marking the day on which the 10th Guru – Guru Gobind Singh – created the order of the Khalsa, the collective body of observant Sikhs, in 1699.

The second annual parade will focus on Guru-Granth, the spiritual canon and Guru of the Sikhs, along with Guru-Panth, the physical embodiment of the Guru within the Sikh community.



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Two Sikh men lead the Khalsa Day parade through Victoria streets for the first time in over 100 years at last year’s event. (Victoria News file photo)

Two Sikh men lead the Khalsa Day parade through Victoria streets for the first time in over 100 years at last year’s event. (Victoria News file photo)

A Sikh youth performs during last year’s Khalsa Day parade in Victoria. (File photo)

A Sikh youth performs during last year’s Khalsa Day parade in Victoria. (File photo)

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