Thousands pack Surrey streets for Vaisakhi celebrations 


One of the biggest Vaisakhi celebrations on this planet is underway in Surrey.

Hundreds of 1000’s of individuals have packed the streets for the favored annual occasion.

Organizers imagine there might be greater than 700,000 folks on the occasion, a report quantity for the celebration.

Vaisakhi dates again to 1699 and celebrates the revelation of the Khalsa, which refers back to the neighborhood that considers Sikhism its religion.

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It has change into a holy day to mark the start of the Khalsa fraternity.

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“The community is feeling a mixture of joy and celebratory feelings,” Moninder Singh mentioned, an organizer. “The community is here not only for the celebration, which celebrates sovereignty and human rights for all but also to reflect on a leader we lost and the principles around human rights that he was standing for.”

Singh is referring to the killing of B.C. Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

Nijjar was gunned down in his truck outdoors the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara on the night of June 18, 2023.

The killing has change into a significant diplomatic flashpoint after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau advised Parliament there have been “credible allegations” of a “potential link” between “agents of the government of India” and the killing.

Nijjar ran a plumbing enterprise in Surrey and rose to change into a outstanding advocate for the creation of Khalistan — a separate Sikh nation.

He travelled around the globe and known as for a referendum on Khalistan and known as for anti-Sikh violence in India to be acknowledged as “genocide.”

“It has been a long year for the community with the assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar,” Singh mentioned.

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Singh mentioned the occasion welcomes folks of all cultures and communities to come back collectively within the communal gathering of “understanding, sharing, and goodwill.”

“People can expect a full day of getting to know one another,” he mentioned. “That is one of the biggest things the event is for is to draw communities together. The free food is to bring everyone together. We have First Nations, members of various communities, races and religions. People can expect a fun day for kids and learning.”

The parade began at 9 a.m. at Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar on 85 Avenue and can finish on the gurdwara at 4 p.m.

Various roads have been closed because of the parade.

On Saturday, full closures might be in impact from 6 a.m. to eight p.m. on:

  • 128 Street, from 72 to 88 avenues
  • 75 and 76 avenues, from 124 to 128 streets
  • 124 Street, from 75 to 82 avenues
  • 82 Avenue, from 124 Street to 128 Street

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Volunteer distributors are providing free meals, music and festivities alongside the parade route, and because of heavy foot visitors, organizers have inspired all attendees to stroll to the competition space.

“Be patient with each other and take your time. The event is a long day,” Singh mentioned. “I would suggest people to take transit in.”

There is not any parking within the space of the occasion.

Surrey RCMP is encouraging attendees to contemplate strolling, biking or utilizing transit to get to the celebration.

“It is our honour to be part of Vaisakhi Parade (Nagar Kirtan) as we work with our partners in the community to keep this event safe for everyone and be part of the parade,” Surrey RCMP Cpl. Sarbjit Sangha mentioned. “Having a plan in place with your family and friends prior to the event can be very helpful to ensure everyone stays safe throughout the celebration. With the large crowds, it can be easy for people to become separated from their group.”

During previous Vaisakhi parades, Surrey RCMP officers have needed to cope with dozens of incidents of lacking youngsters and seniors. The division is providing some recommendation to attenuate any additional incidents.

A security plan ought to embrace the next:

  • Take a household photograph earlier than you allow the home, it will assist in finding them if wanted;
  • Familiarize your loved ones members with their environment and have a pre-planned assembly place;
  • Equip your loved ones members with some type of identification and your contact data;
  • Keep a present photograph of your little one on you in case it’s essential to describe them to police;
  • Keep your youngsters inside eyesight always;
  • If a member of the family goes lacking, notify the closest police officer;
  • If you reside within the space that has been closed to visitors, please have your driver’s license with present handle to supply to police at test factors with a view to get to your residence.

— With recordsdata from Uday Rana

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