“I think that it is crucial that we celebrate this important festival and we share it with the greater community,” said Devinder Shory, Member of Parliament for Calgary Northeast.
Vaisakhi (Punjabi: ਵਸਾਖੀ, vaisākhī, also known as Baisakhi) is an ancient harvest festival in Punjab, marking the beginning of a new solar year and a new harvest season. Vaisakhi has religious significance for both Hindus and Sikhs in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and around the world. In Sikhism, it is one of the most significant holidays in the Sikh calendar, commemorating the establishment of the Khalsa at Anandpur Sahib in 1699 by the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. Vaisakhi is also celebrated across Canada among South Asians as a festival of thanksgiving for the past and of hope for a bright future.
Devinder Shory, Conservative Member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, is also co-chair of the Canada-India Parliamentary Friendship Group.