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April Named as Sikh Heritage Month in British Columbia

Sikh Heritage Month

Photo: Guy Evans / Flickr

The provincial government has named April Sikh Heritage Month in British Columbia.

Over 600 community leaders gathered to hear the momentous announcement made by Premier Clark and the BC government on April 7. The Sikh community has been promised “a platform to educate, highlight and share the core values, traditions and rich culture of Sikhism”.


Parv S. Sangha, the Director of the Sikh Heritage Society of BC applauds the historic declaration, calling it an important recognition of the role of the Sikh Community in British Columbia over several generations of Sikh BC inhabitants that have contributed to the province.

The month of April was selected in honour of the birth of the Sikh faith in 1699.


The Sikh Heritage Society of BC collaborated with Gurdwaras, Sikh schools and community organizations across BC to achieve this recognition.

Celebrations across the month include the Surrey and Vancouver Vaisakhi Parades, which are among the largest Vaisakhi Parade in the world outside of India.



Written by: Tejaswini Kumar

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