By Gurdip Singh | SINGAPORE |
The Sikhs’ grandest celebrations are held in the month of Vaisakh, which commences from 13 April, for first of all, it is the period of celebrating the foundation of Khalsa Panth-Sikhism (1699), and second it is the annual harvest festival with an age old practice of being your best in life. Chardhi Kallah!
In this spirit, Sikh Sports Club of Singapore will join diaspora Sikhs in Melbourne for the annual Australian Sikh Games.
A 40-strong contingent, after celebrating Vaisakhi (also spelt Vesakhi or Baisakhi) at home in Singapore during the week of 13 April, will leave for the Melbourne Games on 17 April 2019 as part of its 10-day tour. The tournament proper is 18-21 April 2019.
The club will present a strong hockey squad in Melbourne, joining teams from Malaysia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America.
“Sikhs have excelled in all sports, and our team, in that spirit of excelling in sports, will play friendly but competitive hockey in Melbourne,” said club president Swindar Singh.
It is the first time that the second generation members are representing club, founded 25 years ago in 1994.
The founders will celebrate the club’s ‘quarter of a century’ with a gala dinner in Melbourne in the spirit of Vaisakhi on Sunday (21 April 2019).
The club’s baton will be handed over to the younger generation to continue the ‘hockey-playing tradition’.
“We have participated in Australian Sikh Games regularly and have played in veteran tournaments in Canada, Hong Kong, and Europe during our hockey playing time. We hope our younger generation will continue to play in overseas tournaments as we have done so in the spirit for sportsmanship,” said Swindar.
The making of Singapore’s Vesakhi Mela 2019 (Asia Samachar, 10 April 2019)
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