by Dharampreet Dhillon
Last month’s Vaisakhi celebration made a history, Saturday, May 11 was historical day in Calgary’s history.
“This was the second largest gathering in Calgary,” said Tarvinder Singh Chahal member of organizing committee in a face-to-face interview. “It will be on first position in upcoming years.”
According to Chahal, Vaisakhi has been celebrated every year for 20 years. The Number of attendants is increasing every year. The Dashmesh cultural centre is main organizer of the event. Vaisakhi celebrations occurs for three days and the Parade day is the second day.
More than one hundred thousand people from Calgary and other parts of Canada gathered in Prairie Winds Park and a procession called the Nagar kirtan or the Sikh parade was brought there from the Dashmesh cultural centre.
Number of activities and free food stalls were arranged in the park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. People from other communities other than Indians also came to celebrate this holy festival.
Alberta’s major political parties the NDP and the UCP attended the event and said “happy Vaisakhi” to all. Premier Jason Kenney came to the stage, and said hello to the public in the Sikhism way saying “Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh.”
Racheal Notley leader of NDP Alberta showed up in Punjabi Dress and walked with the Parade.
Red FM 106.7 is an important part of the organizing team and it make the celebration more interesting with number of contests. Main stage was also arranged by Red FM.
“I love to be a part of this event,” said Michael Pedersen Station manager Red FM. “We will do more to make it make best, next year.”
This year, Red FM arranged best buy furniture worth of ten thousand dollars give away contest. They also gave phones and other gifts to the contestants. A number of singers were invited to the stage to sing religious songs.