Today, Sikh communities in Canada and around the world celebrate Vaisakhi, the holiest day of the Sikh calendar.
Vaisakhi commemorates the creation of the Khalsa Panth-the community of baptized Sikhs-by Guru Gobind Singh Ji in 1699. In years past, families and friends would gather to take part in lively Khalsa Day parades, called Nagar Kirtans, and to pray in Gurdwaras (Sikh places of worship). This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, festivities will be largely virtual or in accordance with local public health guidelines. Yet, I know they will be just as wonderful and will embody the principles of equality, generosity, openness, and compassion, which are at the core of Sikhism.