Vaisakhi returns

Vaisakhi returns


Local Sikh culture and tradition will be on full display in Oliver on April 28 during the second annual Vaisakhi festival.

Once again, the Bhav Sagar Tarn Sikh Temple will host the celebration, which features a colourful and lively parade, music and food.

Vaisakhi commemorates the birth of the Khalsa tradition, a type of Sikh warrior, dating back to 1699.

The parade will start at the temple on Highway 97 at 11 a.m. and stop at the Oliver Community Centre for a Nagar Kirtan ceremony, featuring music and food.

There’s always food involved because the first Sikh guru spent the only money he had to feed a hungry person, according to Parm Dhaliwal, one of the event organizers.

“From that day, the langar (free food for visitors) began and it has never stopped.”

Dhaliwal is expecting not only Sikhs from the South Okanagan to attend, but from the Lower Mainland as well.

A motorcycle club will participate in the parade, with flag bearers donning traditional Sikh attire from 1699.

Dhaliwal noted that the Bhav Sagar Tarn Sikh Temple Society is hoping to see the public come and participate and learn more about the Sikh tradition.

He invites people to join the parade and check out the festivities at the community centre from 1-3 p.m. After that, the parade will make its way back to the temple.

The parade route follows Road 1 and Airport Street to Station Street and Fairview Road. Motorists are asked to use caution and expect some delays.