Today the city of Prince George celebrated the Indian culture with Vaisakhi!
Vaisakhi is the reference to the harvest festival of the Punjab region, as well as the beginning of the new year on the Vaisakh calendar.
Many regions hold festivities for this occasion worldwide, and are held on different days throughout the year. One of my close friends and his family take part in it every year in Vancouver, and that is held in April, as opposed to May here in Prince George.
The celebration was kicked off with a parade that started at the Guru Nanak Sikh Darbar Temple, following along Ospika and finishing at the parking lot of the CN Centre.
At the CN Centre there was a handful of different things going on. That included music, speeches, and of course the very rich and delicious food from India.
Celebrations of different cultures are amazing because they bring everyone together, no matter what age, sex, religion. It is about learning, perspective, and accepting the many different ways of life in our community.
Vaisakhi is a worldwide celebration, and it puts a smile on my face to watch Prince George experience it with the world!