The Gerrard India Bazaar celebrates Vaisakhi
April 12, Saturday 2 - 9 pm
April13, Sunday 2 - 9 pm
Toronto. On April 12 and April13, 2014, the Gerrard India Bazaar Business Association will celebrate the Spring Festival "Vaisakhi".
Traditional Dhol Drummers and Bhangra dancers mark the celebrations on both the days. In addition, Bollywood, traditional and classical dances bring in more color to the event.
In the Greater Toronto Area, there are over 100,000 Sikhs celebrate Vaisakhi. Vaisakhi takes place in April. This festival is celebrated with music and dance.
India is a land of many festivals. Vaisakhi is a festival held on the first day of the month Vaisakh, which begins on the 13th of April. Vaisakhi is considered the most important festival in the Punjab. Punjabis congregate in large numbers to celebrate Vaisakhi and to hear their community leaders talk. Vaisakhi has special significance for Sikhs all over the world. On April 13, 1699 Guru Gobind Singh invited all the Sikhs to Anandpur. It was there that the Khalsa (the Sikh brotherhood) was created. The Guru abolished the castes and pronounced everyone equal under Sikhism.
On Vaisakhi, the cold season ends and summer begins. People shed their thick clothes and blankets and dress in bright colorful clothes and celebrate the new season with song and dance.
The Bhangra is a very popular folk dance of the Punjab Province in India. A drummer carries the Dhol on a strap around his neck and beats the two heads of the drum with sticks. The leader of the dance stands by him. The dancers usually move in a circle and the village people join in one by one. They all take turns to recite a verse of the song (boli), coming to the centre with their hands gesturing into the air.
Vaisakhi is a joyous celebration for the people of Punjab.