Vaisakhi (Punjabi: ਵਿਸਾਖੀ, IAST: visākhī), also known as Baisakhi, Vaishakhi, or Vasakhi is a historical and religious festival in Sikhism and Hinduism.... Vaisakhi marks the Sikh new year and commemorates the formation of Khalsa panth of warriors under Guru Gobind Singh in 1699.
A celebration including the annual Vaisakhi parade is planned for Saturday, April 21st in the city of Surrey beginning around 9 a.m. at Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar at 12885 85th Ave. Organizers expect more then 300,000 to attend the festival which would make it one of the largest Vaisakhi celebrations held outside of India
Traditionally, Vaisakhi (also known as Baisakhi) festival is celebrated in punjab region and is especially important for the Sikh community as it marks the establishment of the Khalsa. More recently, this festival is also celebrated around the world by the Sikh diaspora. Vaisakhi is a harvest festival of punjab, or according to punjabi calendar it is the New Year for punjabi people.
This day is also observed as the thanksgiving day by the farmers whereby the farmers pay their tribute, thanking God for the abundant harvest and also praying for future prosperity.
Vaisakhi is one of the three festivals chosen by Guru Amar Das Ji to be celebrated by Sikhs.