Vaisakhi: Statement from Premier Notley
Premier Rachel Notley issued the following statement in recognition of Vaisakhi, one of the most important dates for Sikhs and many others:
“April is Sikh Heritage Month in Alberta. This week, Sikhs celebrate Vaisakhi, marking the beginning of the spring harvest festival and the birth of the Sikh Order, The Khalsa, in 1699.
“Communities around the world will mark the day with singing, bhangra dancing to the sound of dhol drums, parades, the chanting of hymns and the sharing of celebratory meals.
“The birth of the Khalsa represents a commitment to service, justice and freedom. It is a day to celebrate social and gender equality. In 1699, it was a day where all men and women were viewed as equals – a view we share as Albertans.
“In expressing our cultural and religious traditions in Alberta, we celebrate the beauty of our diversity. We also declare our respect for the fundamental freedom of all to believe and practise according to their conscience and customs.
“On behalf of all Albertans, I wish you and your loved ones a joyous Vaisakhi.”