Sikhs mark Vaisakhi

MORE than 200 members of the Sikh community in the greater Western Division gathered at Lautoka’s Sikh Temple last weekend to mark Vaisakhi.

Also known as the Baisakhi Festival, Vaisakhi is a harvest festival that originated in Punjab, India. It also marks the Punjabi New Year and is especially important for the Sikh community as it marks the establishment of the Khalsa, which is also known as the Khalsa Sirjana Divas.

According to the Lautoka Gurudwara assistant priest, Bhai Nirmal Singh, this was a day of reflection for Sikhs.

“It’s one of the most important events on our calendar and this is the day our Khalsa was established,” he said.

He said it was also an occasion for people to get together and celebrate the day.

“This is a time for them to reflect and promise to become better people.”