The celebration began on Saturday April 9th 2016 with the non-stop, continuous recital of the Guru Granth Sahib from beginning to end in Centre Block. The Akhand paath concluded Monday morning followed by Kirtan, and langar served by MPs. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the event.
This is the first time Vaisakhi is celebrated here in the Canadian Parliament on such a large scale and that an Akhand Path sahib has been concluded ever.
Great to be at Vaisakhi on the Hill today! I’m proud to celebrate the remarkable contributions of Sikh Canadians. pic.twitter.com/6nzXkvaOMl
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) 11 April 2016
Sikh’s have a growing presence on the political scene in Canada. With this past election, Punjabi became the third most spoken language by Members of the House of Commons. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet consists of more Sikh minister’s than the Cabinet in India.