Start Date: 15 April 2012
End Date: 15 April 2012
Place: Mandir Grounds
All are Invited to
Celebrate Vaisakhi Mela
Date:On Sunday April 15,2012
Time:Starting at 1:00pm
Place:8321-140 Street Surrey
Lakshmi Narayan Mandir Surrey
Free Food Stalls
Rides for Kids
Live Cultural performances
Importance of Vaisakhi:
Vaisakhi in Sikh history
Vaisakhi is a religious as well as harvest festival and New Year Day also. For the Sikh community, it has a very special meaning. Sikhs celebrate Visakhi as the day of the formation of the Khalsa .On the day, in 1699, Guru Gobind Singh (the tenth Sikh Guru established the Khalsa and eliminated the differences of high and low and established that all human beings are equal.
For the Hindus, it is the start of the New Year, and is celebrated with requisite bathing, partying, and worshipping. It’s believed that thousands of years ago, Godess ganga descended to earth and in her honor, many Hindus gather along the sacred ganga river for ritual baths.
In Tamil Naidu Hindus plant poles (wrapped in flags of god-embroidered silk) in front of their homes, and hang pots of brass, copper or silver on top.
In Kerala, the festival is called ‘Vishu’. It includes fireworks, shopping for new clothes and interesting displays called ‘Vishu Kani’. These are arrangements of flowers, grains, fruits, cloth, gold, and money are viewed early in the morning, to ensure a year of prosperity.
In Assam, the festival is called Bohag Bihu, and the community organizes massive feasts, music and dancing.
Swami Dayanand Saraswati founded the Arya Samaj on Baisakhi, in 1875. Therefore, Baisakhi is as special for the HHindus as it is for Sikh. In April, this day marks the beginning of the Hindu solar New Year. In fact, this day is celebrated all over the country as New Year day, under different names.
Apart from the Sikhs and Hindus, Baisakhi is an important day for the Buddhists as well. On the day, Gautam Buddha achieved Nirvana in the town of Gaya, under the Mahabodhi tree.