April is observed as Sikh Heritage Month to celebrate Sikh culture, art and history and to appreciate the contributions that the Sikh community has made in Canada. The month of April carries great significance for Sikhs as it was in this month that the Khalsa order was established by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth and the last human Sikh Guru. This day is called Vaisakhi (also spelled Baisakhi) and is celebrated on the 13th or 14th of April each year. It also marks the beginning of the spring harvesting season when farmers pay tribute to and thank God for the abundant harvest while praying future prosperity.
For more information about the Sikh Heritage Month and Vaisakhi, come and visit our new display at the Asian Centre foyer! The display will be on until the end of April.