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#1 nux4lyfe

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 11:32 AM

Happy Vaisakhi to all my fellow Nuckleheads!...



Vaisakhi (Hindi: विसाखी Punjabi: ਵਿਸਾਖੀ Bengali: নববর্ষ Assamese: বিহু Oriya: ପଣା ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତି Marathi: गुढी पाडवा Kannada: ವೀಶು Malayalam: വീശു Tamil:தைப்பொங்கல் Sinhala:සුබ අලුත් අවුරුද්දක් වේවා) visākhī, also known as Baisakhi, Vaishakhi, or Vasakhi) is a festival celebrated across the Indian subcontinent, especially in the Punjab region by the Sikh community. More recently, this festival is also celebrated around the world where there is a concentration of Sikh diaspora. For the Sikh community this festival commemorates the establishment of the Khalsa. It is also celebrated by Hindus and Buddhists for different reasons including the start of a new year. Vaisakhi is the harvesting festival of Punjab. It marks the beginning of the harvesting time for wheat (which is the main crop in Punjab.)
Though, this day is celebrated as the new year day in many cultures across India, its not the Punjabi new year. According to the Nanakshahi calendar, Punjabi New Year starts on the sankrant (first day) of Chet (Chaitra) month, which usually falls on 13/14th of March.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 11:35 AM

Happy Vaisakhi to you too
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 11:40 AM

Happy Vaisakhi!
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 11:50 AM

The Vancouver parade celebrating Vaisakhi is today and the Surrey parade is next Saturday.

Metro Vancouver will have two Vaisakhi parades this month, including one Saturday in Vancouver and one in Surrey April 20.


The Vancouver parade, which kicks off at the Ross Street Temple, 800 Ross Street, at 11 a.m., typically attracts 50,000 spectators.


The parade, which features floats, community groups, live music and dancers, moves south on Ross Street to Southeast Marine Drive, then west to Main Street, north to 49th Avenue, east to Fraser Street, south to 57th Avenue, east to Ross Street, and then returns to the temple.


Parade organizers warn drivers not to park near the parade route, and urge people to use public transit instead.


The Surrey parade, which attracts 80,000 to 200,000 people, is one of the largest Vaisakhi parades outside India.


It begins at the Dasmesh Darbar Gurdwara at 12885-85th Avenue and travels along 124th Street, turns left onto 75th Avenue, continues on 76th Avenue, onto 128th Street, then back to the temple.


Free food is available to spectators and public transit is recommended as the best way to get there.


Vaisakhi is an important day for Sikhs and one of the most colourful events in the Sikh calendar.

http://www.vancouver...l#ixzz2QN3DvCSi

Here is the website for the Surrey Vaisakhi Parade
http://www.surreyvaisakhiparade.ca/

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 12:13 PM

Go to the parade if you can, even if you're not Sikh. They're quite generous with food.
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 12:30 PM

Happy Vaisakhi everyone!
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 12:32 PM

Happy Vaisakhi! :towel: :towel:
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 12:33 PM

Sorry guys not bashing your religion. But houses this year including mine have been getting smashed due to the tents falling over after last nights wind. I live in south van and each passing year has been annoying after the other. City hall needs to address this so ppl can still celebrate and property owners are protected as well.
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 12:55 PM

Happy Vahsakhi everyone going to celebrate next saturday at surrey strawberry hill. @Gustavo Fring, I understand how you feel and I'm realizing that some people don't celebrate and really embrace the culture, they just come to fool around and eat free food. Some of the new generation are fools that have no respect.
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 01:37 PM

Happy Vahsakhi everyone going to celebrate next saturday at surrey strawberry hill. @Gustavo Fring, I understand how you feel and I'm realizing that some people don't celebrate and really embrace the culture, they just come to fool around and eat free food. Some of the new generation are fools that have no respect.


The organizers have no objections to people just going for the food as long as they don't start trouble, do they?
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 01:40 PM

The organizers have no objections to people just going for the food as long as they don't start trouble, do they?


Nope, go and enjoy yourself bro, take in the experience, Sikh culture is all about giving and kindness!
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 02:13 PM

Happy Vahsakhi everyone going to celebrate next saturday at surrey strawberry hill. @Gustavo Fring, I understand how you feel and I'm realizing that some people don't celebrate and really embrace the culture, they just come to fool around and eat free food. Some of the new generation are fools that have no respect.


Nope its never the ppl. The tents werent properly set up so the winds tore the tents down and hit neighbours car and our fence. But the food stations always give food every year which is awesome.
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 08:13 PM

The Vancouver parade celebrating Vaisakhi is today and the Surrey parade is next Saturday.

Metro Vancouver will have two Vaisakhi parades this month, including one Saturday in Vancouver and one in Surrey April 20.


The Vancouver parade, which kicks off at the Ross Street Temple, 800 Ross Street, at 11 a.m., typically attracts 50,000 spectators.


The parade, which features floats, community groups, live music and dancers, moves south on Ross Street to Southeast Marine Drive, then west to Main Street, north to 49th Avenue, east to Fraser Street, south to 57th Avenue, east to Ross Street, and then returns to the temple.


Parade organizers warn drivers not to park near the parade route, and urge people to use public transit instead.


The Surrey parade, which attracts 80,000 to 200,000 people, is one of the largest Vaisakhi parades outside India.


It begins at the Dasmesh Darbar Gurdwara at 12885-85th Avenue and travels along 124th Street, turns left onto 75th Avenue, continues on 76th Avenue, onto 128th Street, then back to the temple.


Free food is available to spectators and public transit is recommended as the best way to get there.


Vaisakhi is an important day for Sikhs and one of the most colourful events in the Sikh calendar.

http://www.vancouver...l#ixzz2QN3DvCSi

Here is the website for the Surrey Vaisakhi Parade
http://www.surreyvaisakhiparade.ca/


So That is why I was stuck in traffic for an hour. Was trying to turn left on 49th but they had it blocked. Then I saw a lot of Indian people and thought there was some kind of festival or parade that was going on.
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Posted 14 April 2013 - 10:32 AM

They do a great job cleaning up after the event. Not being sarcastic.
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 12:40 AM

Huge turnout today for the Vaisakhi parade in Surrey. The crowd was estimated at 220,00 and is the largest Vaisakhi parade/event outside of India.


Of the many messages to take away from Surrey’s Vaisakhi parade Saturday, one is that Sikh youth are impressively rooted in their religion and culture.


Hundreds of thousands came out in their best Indian dress to celebrate the Punjab harvest time and the birthday of Sikhism, dating back to 1699 — and a great number of those in attendance were of the younger generation.


“I think we’re more involved than the older generation is,” 19-year-old Sharon Bains said matter of factly as she took a break from the parade to eat some of the delicious and free Indian food dispensed along the sidelines.


“Our parents they always taught us to be religious.


“I don’t think we would ever lose touch with this just because our parents have taught us in a good way to practise it properly.”


Harman Aujla from Delta hopes to have the same influence on her nine-year-old, who she brings with her to the parade every year.


“It’s their choice if they want to [take part] or not,” she said. “But still, we have to teach our religion.”


“We cannot forget our roots, where we came from.”


The Sikh youth do more than just participate in the festivities, though — many of them volunteer and help with the overall event planning for Saturday, according to Vaisakhi organizer Moninder Singh.


“Watching them get involved is a source of pride,” he said. “I think they’re looking for outlets and they’re starting to find them . . . coming in and taking over the temples.”


“It gives them an opportunity to actually take action . . . [and it] keeps them inspired throughout the year.”


But Vaisakhi is still celebrated the same for both the young and old — it’s a message of giving back to the community, fighting against injustices and standing up for anyone’s rights, regardless of caste, creed or religion.


“This is the pinnacle of the Sikh calendar,” said Burnaby resident Indy Panchi as he watched the parade progress along 82nd Avenue.


“It’s such an important day.”


While he loves the ambiance and said the event is a great time to get together with the Indo community and reunite with friends, he mainly comes for religious purposes: “To show solidarity with the Sikh nation,” he said.


By early afternoon, Singh estimated crowds to have already surpassed the 200,000 of last year — reaching 220,000 Saturday.


And among them was one esteemed and holy guest: one of the five priests from Anandpur, India’s birthplace of the Khalsa.


“It’s his first time abroad,” Singh said of Jathedar (loosely translated as “community leader”) Tarlochan Singh’s travels to Surrey.


According to Singh, the priest arrived Saturday morning just in time to celebrate the largest Vaisakhi event outside of India.


“Somebody coming from that high a position, coming down to meet this community, I think it’s very much a source of inspiration,” said Singh, who equated the priest’s holiness to that of Catholicism’s Pope.


“The work that we’re doing here is paying off community wise — that we’re getting recognized.”

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