| Victoria, Australia | 21 April 2017 | Asia Samachar |
For Victorians, the event will be the first of its kind celebrating Sikh heritage, history and culture, according to a statement from the organising team.
The event is organised by Victorian Sikh Gurduaras Council (VSGC) and Khalsa Education Society Inc in collaboration with more than 25 other Australian organisations.
The Vaiskahi Mela Festival was one of the biggest in the Sikh calendar, said project coordinator Gurinder Kaur in a statement sent to Asia Samachar.
Member of Parliament Dee Ryall and police deputy commissioner Andrew Crisp are scheduled to attend the event.
Celebrated across the northern Indian subcontinent, especially in the Punjab region, the festival marks the founding of Khalsa, or the Sikh community, 318 years ago. April 14 was the day the Khalsa was born and Sikhs were given a clear identity and code of conduct to live by when the first five Sikhs were baptised in 1699.
Around the world at Vaisakhi time, Sikhs reflect on the values taught to them by their Gurus and celebrate the birth of the Khalsa.
The Vaiskahi Mela Festival will be marked by live kirtan (spiritual singing) performances, gatka displays, Sikh Heritage exhibitions showcasing Sikh culture, turban tying stalls, Sikh literature stalls, and kids’ activity area.
The event will commence with an entry by panj payre (five beloveds) followed by an Ardas ceremony.
The festivities run from 11am to 6pm on Sunday, April 6 at Federation Square. It’s a completely free non-alcoholic and family event and there will be lots of free food available, the statement added.
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