“Vaisakhi is one of the most important times of the year for Albertans of Sikh heritage. Also known as Baisakhi, it marks the beginning of the new year for Hindus and holds great significance for Buddhists and many people from India. Not only does it mark the beginning of the Punjabi new year, it also celebrates the creation of the Khalsa Panth by Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the 10th Guru. This momentous occasion marked the birth of Sikhism as a collective faith.

“This joyous festival is also a celebration of the harvest and the beginning of spring. Once again, in-person festivities will be limited to individual households this year, but I know the power of faith and community will be as strong as ever for Sikh Albertans.

“As we emerge from a long and challenging winter, the spring brings promise of brighter days ahead. All Albertans can join in the spirit of Vaisakhi as a celebration of hope, renewal and Sikh heritage.”