Simpson Thomas is happy to announce that we will be manning a table at the upcoming Vaisakhi Parade. We will be handing out informational pamphlets, tote bags, and doing our best to enjoy the festivities. The Vaisakhi Parade is a great event that shines a light on the intricacy and joyfulness of Sikh culture. If you’re looking for something to do on April 18th, the parade is a perfect opportunity to learn about Surrey’s Sikh community, take in local art, and enjoy amazing food and performances.
The Surrey Vaisakhi Day Parade
For the past 11 years, the Surrey Vaisakhi Parade has been a mainstay on the Surrey cultural calendar attracting 80,000 to 200,000 people per year. Notably, this makes Surrey’s Vaisakhi celebration one of the largest outside of India. Although Vaisakhi is a Sikh event, attendees of all races and cultures are invited to enjoy the parade’s intricately decorated floats, community performances and live music. Attendees unfamiliar with Vaisakhi will be happy to know that they will be provided with free food and drink by hundreds of local residents and businesses – a distinguishing characteristic of the event.
In regard to logistics, it’s worth mentioning that parking is extremely limited near the parade route and that travel via transit is encouraged. The parade begins at the Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar Temple (12885 85th Avenue in Surrey), travels along 124th Street, turns left onto 75th Avenue, continues onto 76th Avenue, moves onto 128th Street, and then heads back to the Temple.
Vaisakhi Day: The Khalsa Fraternity
Vaisakhi is a Sikh holy day that marks the birth of the Khalsa fraternity, coincides with harvest festivals throughout India, and demarcates the New Year based on the Bikram calendar.
In 1699 Guru Gobind Singh created the Khalsa: a group of individuals picked from throughout the Sikh community who were tasked to uphold justice, be strong and fearless, and be fair and even-handed at all times. The Khalsa were created in an attempt to reinforce the rule of law in the Punjab region, reign in corrupt officials, and help protect the rights of common people. The Sikhs of the Khalsa can be identified with the given Five Ks (the Kesh, Kangha, Kara, Kirpan and Kacchera) and titles of Singh and Kaur.
We are happy to celebrate this great community event along with the Surrey’s Sikh Community and look forward to seeing you there.