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Virtual Vaisakhi initiative aims to celebrate by helping others

Sikhs may not have a parade in Surrey to help them celebrate this year but through a new initiative called Virtual Vaisakhi, they will still be honouring the sacred holiday’s spirit of seva.

Although Surrey’s April 25 parade – which is the largest outside India – has been cancelled due to COVID-19, a collective of Sikh groups that includes a Surrey gurdwarda is invoking the spirit of Vaisakhi by raising money for community outreach organizations and non-profits.

“Every year there are many Vaisakhi Nagar Kiran events that bring thousands of people together to collectively celebrate Sikhi,” said Jessie Kaur Lehail of Kaur Project. “This year, we are directly asking and inspiring Sikhs and non-Sikhs to collectively open their wallets and hearts to help invoke the spirit of Vaiskahi to address the most pressing and emerging needs with organizations working with local food banks, seniors outreach, marginalized communities and domestic support services.

“Let’s celebrate Vaisakhi by helping others.”

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