MELBOURNE — Thousands of Sikhs participated in Dandenong Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan on 9th April Sunday morning to mark annual celebrations of Khalsayee festival of Vaisakhi.
Vaisakhi marks the birth of the the creation of the Khalsa and is one of the most significant dates in the year for Sikhs. The procession commemorated the anniversary of the initiation of the first five members of the brotherhood of the Khalsa on April 13, 1699 – one of the most significant dates in Sikh history – as well as ushering in the spring.
At the Dandenong park, a stage was setup, where Dhadi Jatha of Giani Fauja Singh Sagar performed and sang dhadhi vaars. Hundereds of kids wearing dastars also sang shabads and other spiritual singing performances.
There was plenty of free food to all and singing hymns, with displays of gatka (Sikh martial-arts) as part of the celebrations.