On May 19, 2012 Sikh community in Prince George celebrated Vaisakhi with Nagar Keertan.
The Nagar Keertan started at the Guru Nanak Sikh Society Gurudwara, traveled along Ospika Boulevard and reached CN Centre at about noon. Several bystanders lined up the route from the Gurdwara on Davis Road to the CN Centre.
As we know the Vaisakhi is one of the most important festivals for Sikhs, marking the New Year in Sikh calender. It also commemorates the birth of Sikhism, which originated in 1699 and is celebrated around the world.
About one thousand people took part in the procession. Everyone including the old and the young took part. The Sikh communities from Quesnel, Surrey, and Williams Lake also took part.
Several food stalls were set up in the parking lot at the CN Center. The function was open to the whole community and it was evident from the crowd that everyone was enjoying it. The weather was great. It was amazing to see great performance of the GATKA Team from Surrey.
At the CN Center several dignitaries including Prince George Mayor Shari Green, MLA Shirley Bond and other Sikh prominent community members gave wonderful speeches.
The Sikh community raised $1500 donation for the Canadian Diabetes Association. Manpreet Kaur Sidhu of Prince George Sikh Youth Society along with Paul Bassi of Guru Nanak Sikh Society presented the check to the Canadian Diabetes Association. It was proud moment for the whole Sikh community in Northern BC.