The 2021 Surrey Vaisakhi Parade, the largest Khalsa Day Parade in the world has been cancelled.
The annual day-long celebration draws in over 500,000 guests across cultures and religions.
Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar, organizers of the annual Surrey Vaisakhi Parade scheduled for April 24th remain committed to adhering with provincial guidelines.
“It is clear that there is no path for an event the size and magnitude of our Parade to occur safely within the next three months,” says Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar President Moninder Singh.
“We will celebrate this important date in the Sikh calendar within our family groups and with special broadcast programming but will look to gather again as a community for the traditional Surrey Vaisakhi Khalsa Day Parade in 2022.”
Event organizers thanked the community for their overwhelming support in making this decision, and stated that today, as always, the health and safety of the public is the highest priority and consideration for the organization.
The Vaisakhi Khalsa Day Parade in Surrey, British Columbia is an annual celebration of one of the most significant days in the Sikh calendar, the creation of the Khalsa in 1699. The event is known to welcome people of all cultures and communities who come together in this communal gathering of understanding, sharing, and goodwill.
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