Sikhs preparing to celebrate Vaisakhi Mela with public fair

Harbans Singh, Jarnail Singh, Jasbir Singh, Amrit Pal Singh and Tarun Preet Singh at the Sikh Temple in Canning Vale. Picture: David Baylis. www.communitypix.com.au. d492455,
Harbans Singh, Jarnail Singh, Jasbir Singh, Amrit Pal Singh and Tarun Preet Singh at the Sikh Temple in Canning Vale. Picture: David Baylis. www.communitypix.com.au. d492455,

THE Sikh Association of WA has invited the public to help celebrate one of its most important cultural occasions of the year.

The association will be holding its Vaisakhi Mela (fair) celebrations at the Canning Civic Centre on April 27.

Vaisakhi Mela commemorates Guru Gobind Singh forming a Khalsa panth of warriors and is an important date on the Sikh calendar.

It is conducted in two parts and with the association having already conducted the religious aspect on April 14, it has invited the public to join the social and cultural side of the festival.

Festival volunteer Tarun Singh said Vaisakhi was an important time for Sikhs as it marked their new year and they were expecting more than 1000 people to attend.

“Back in India, this is the harvesting period and so the farming community is always cheerful and happy,” he said.

The fair will run from 1-7pm and will feature traditional dance performances, food, music and childrens’ activities, followed by fireworks to close the celebrations.