A celebration of faith and community

Members of the Gurudwara Kalgidhar Sahib Tauranga invite all to the Sikh parade in Pyes Pa. Photo: John Borren.

There’s anticipation ahead of the inaugural Vaisakhi parade to be hosted by the Sikh temple at Pyes Pa.

The temple, named Gurudwara Kalgidhar Sahib Tauranga, on Cheyne Rd was established in 2000 – and this is the first time its application to council to hold festivities to mark the occasion has been successful. 

Community social worker Sangeeta Sharma says there’s growing excitement.

She expects the celebration to be attended by Sikhs from throughout the country in traditional outfits, taking part in singing, music, prayers and religious plays.

“We’ve extended an open invitation to people from all cultures to come celebrate with us,” says Sangeeta.

“We have about 700 people expected to join us on the day.”

The new Khalsa order of the Sikh religion was created in 1699.

It was founded by the tenth guru, Gobind Singh.

Sangeeta says the anniversary is being commemorated on Saturday, April 13, with a parade winding along the streets of Pyes Pa.

“Vaisakhi is traditionally a spring harvest celebration primarily in the Punjab state in northern India.

“It’s still an important day in the religion throughout the country and easily one of the most colourful celebrations on the Sikh calendar,” says Sangeeta.

Rolling road closures for three hours from 11am-2pm on Saturday, April 13, will affect traffic on the parade route from Cheyne Rd, Annandale Drive, Galloway Crescent, Fairfax Crescent then on return to the temple along Cheyne Rd.

Sangeeta says anyone who has difficulty walking is welcome to follow in a car.

Refreshments will be served both during the street parade as well as during lunch in the temple afterwards.

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