The Vaisakhi countdown has begun.  Thousands people expected…

See you on Sunday 30 April 2017!

The Vaisakhi open air celebrations is a not-for-profit community event. It will be celebrated at Federation Square in Melbourne;
the most livable and vibrant city in Australia. A cornerstone of Melbourne success has been that of its citizens celebrating their heritage together.

What is the #SikhVaisakhi?

#SikhVaisakhi is a festival to celebrate the birth of the Khalsa. Often it is misrepresented as a harvest festival or even the Sikh new year.

In April 1699 the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji tested the commitment of thousands of Sikhs. The first five to pass his test, were initiated into a new order, called the Khalsa. These men five men came to be known as the Panj Pyare (five beloved).

#SikhVaisakhi Celebrations

Usually Sikhs celebrate Vaisakhi through a Nagar Kirtan, (Town hymn singing), a procession through their local town led by five initiated Sikhs (Panj Pyare). Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the Sikh scriptural Guru, is on a float as the main focus of the procession.

Gurbani (Hymns) is sung, langar (free food) is served and there are often displays of Sikh martial arts too.

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