Sat. Jul 13th, 2024

Mayor Patrick Brown and Brampton Councillors Celebrate Khalsa Day and Vaisakhi at Ontario Khalsa Darbar

Mayor Patrick Brown, alongside Brampton councillors, attended a vibrant celebration for Khalsa Day and Vaisakhi at the Ontario Khalsa Darbar in Mississauga. This event, which marks the creation of the Khalsa and the Sikh new year, brought together community leaders and members from various backgrounds to honor these significant occasions.

During the celebration, Mayor Brown highlighted the importance of advocating for justice and reflecting on the teachings of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Sikh Guru, who established the Khalsa in 1699. “On behalf of the City of Brampton – Your Local Government, we commemorate the birth of the Khalsa, embodying Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s teachings of courage, equality, and sovereignty,” Mayor Brown addressed the gathered crowd.

Adding to the communal messages of solidarity and respect, Regional Councillor Paul Vicente shared his greetings for both the Sikh Heritage Month and the festive occasions of Khalsa Day and Vaisakhi. “I’m delighted to extend my heartfelt greetings on the occasion of Sikh Heritage Month, Khalsa Day, and Vaisakhi,” Vicente said. “Sikh Heritage Month is a time to honor the invaluable contributions of the Sikh community and celebrate the enduring values of equality and compassion.”

Vicente emphasized the deep significance of these celebrations: “Khalsa Day and Vaisakhi hold immense significance, symbolizing courage, resilience, and community spirit. Let’s come together to celebrate diversity, foster harmony, and reaffirm our commitment to building an inclusive society.”

The event featured traditional music and singing, and the attendees participated in a langar, a community meal open to all, reflecting the Sikh principle of equality. It was a day of joyous festivities that not only celebrated Sikh heritage but also promoted unity and inclusivity across communities.

Councillor Vicente concluded with a message of goodwill, “Wishing you all joy, prosperity, and blessings during these festive occasions.” This sentiment resonated with the attendees, reinforcing Brampton’s commitment to being a community that values and celebrates its diverse cultural landscape.

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