Premier David Eby has issued the following statement marking Vaisakhi:
“Today, Sikhs here in British Columbia and around the world will gather to celebrate Vaisakhi. Marking the formation of the Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh Ji more than three centuries ago, Vaisakhi is among the holiest days in the Sikh calendar.
“Vaisakhi is a time for family and community, and of coming together in worship and celebration. This year, it will be marked by prayer and reflection in gurdwaras across the province, in parades and Nagar Kirtans, and gatherings with family.
“Vaisakhi is also a time to reaffirm Sikh values of sewa (service), sharing and honesty.
“These values resonate beyond the Sikh community to the benefit of our entire province. As we celebrate Sikh Heritage Month, it’s worth remembering the many ways in which B.C.’s large Sikh population has contributed to our province and shaped our shared history for the better.
“On behalf of the Government of British Columbia, I would like to wish a happy Vaisakhi to all who celebrate.
“Vaisakhi Diyan Lakh Lakh Vadhaiyan!”