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Vaisakhi Organizers of Sikh celebration aim to include all Faith is the focus, but everyone is welcome to mark the start of the harvest season by Rick Kupchuk

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hether it’s for religious or cultural reasons, more than 100,000 people are expected to converge on a Newton neighbourhood Saturday afternoon (April 17) to celebrate Vaisakhi. “The birth of the Sikh faith is what we celebrate,” said Perry Dulai, a director of the Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar, which is organizing the event. Continued on next page...

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“It’s the biggest Sikh parade in Canada, by far,” said Dulai. “We expect 120,000 people this year. But it’s more than a parade, it’s more of a procession. We’ll have roughly 20 floats, but everyone attending will walk along the route.” Sabharwal said attendance at this year’s parade will be significantly higher than last year’s, as Vancouver’s event is scheduled for April 10 – a week earlier than the Surrey event. Often, the two parades are staged on the same day. “If it’s on the same day, there’s a problem because people have to choose one or the other,” Sabharwal said. “With Vancouver’s parade on a different day, some people are going to go to both. It’s hard to tell what the numbers will be, but it could be more than 100,000.” The procession will fill five kilometres of Newton streets for roughly eight hours Saturday, commencing at approximately 9 a.m. and continuing through to 5 p.m. The day will conclude with a fireworks display at 9 p.m.

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“But from a cultural point of view, it’s the start of the harvest season. We try to mix it up so everyone in the community is involved. The Cloverdale Rodeo has a float in our parade. Some (Christian) churches are involved, we have the Muslim community involved. And we’re trying to get the Chinese community involved as well.” Vaisakhi celebrations began earlier this week at the Newton temple, with local entertainers, games and other activities. Saturday’s highlights include free food prepared by local businesses and residents, and live music at the temple and along the parade route. The parade is the focal point, and has been for more than two decades in the Surrey-North Delta community. “There’s been a parade since I was a kid, so it’s been more than 20 years,” said volunteer Bal Sabharwal. “It used to be at the Scott Road (Guru Nanak) temple. But all temples are involved. One just takes on the leadership role.” Dasmesh Darbar has organized the event since the temple was established in 1998, and has watched as it has become one of the largest in the nation.

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A Surrey family prepares for the Sikh event by Dan Ferguson

Navdeep and his mother and father, Upkar and Amarjit. he day of the parade, Satnam Arora While it has become common to describe will wake her son Daanish up at 5:30 the annual procession as the Vaisakhi a.m. and drive him from their home in parade, the precise term in Punjabi for the Newton to the Khalsa School by 6 a.m. event is “Nagar Kirtan,� meaning town or The 12-year-old will be one of the students neighbourhood and the singing of hymns “to demonstrating the Sikh martial art of gatka bring the message of God to the doorstep of during the annual Surrey Vaisakhi procession the community,� as the website http://www. on Saturday, April 17, and he and his fellow sikhiwiki.org describes it. students need the early start to prepare. One of the features of the event is the Among other things, it’s crucial to get his numerous free food booths. tradtional turban tied properly so it doesn’t Navdeep Arora says newcomers to the come loose during the demonstrations. festivities should simply accept that they will This year, Daanish will be showing his skill eat a lot more than they expect to. with a practice sword. Even if you take just a little bit here and The weapons aren’t sharp, so the worst that there, there is simply too much temptation to can happen is a bruise or two if Daanish or resist, he warns. his sparring partner, a close friend, miscue. Three years ago, Satnam Arora got up at 4 “It doesn’t hurt that much unless someone a.m. on the day of the parade to prepare fresh gets out of control,� Daanish observes. home-made vegetarian treats food for a booth Daanish, whose name means “wise� in with two other families. Persian, explains that he is proud to be And last year, Navdeep’s place of work set showing an aspect of his religion to people up a booth on the parade route. who may not know much about it. This year, with no need for an early start Plus sword-fighting is cool, a visitor to cook or set up a booth, the family plans to suggests. arrive around 8 a.m. to be ready for the 9 a.m. Daanish smiles. start of the procession. “It’s REALLY cool.� They have a favourite spot on the parade While her oldest child is readying himself route that they discovered a few years ago at the school, mom goes back home to her when they went with some older relatives youngest child, two-year-old daughter Elahi who weren’t up to long walks and found a (whose name means “divine�), husband parking spot a few blocks from a curbside

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Motorcycle club lends a modern touch to Surrey parade by Dan Ferguson

The club was formed in 2000, following a court ruling that lifted a prohibition aagainst turban-wearing motorcycle riders iin B.C. Members have also ridden in Vaisakhi p parades in Vancouver and in the U.S. For more information about the cclub, visit the website at http://www. ssikhmotorcycleclub.com/ You don’t have to be a turban-wearing SSikh to join Dhillon says, but you must have a motorcycle and the proper class 6 h B.C. driver’s licence to operate one. B

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Savoury treats to serve for Vaisakhi celebrations Okra à la Jugunu INGREDIENTS

300 grams okra, cut into small, 1/4-inch pieces (care must be taken to wash and cut them properly) 1 medium onion, chopped in wedges 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp each of red chili, coriander and cumin powders 1/2 tsp each of turmeric powder and garam masala 2 green chilies, finely chopped 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped. 3 tsp ginger, finely chopped. a squeeze of lemon and pinch of salt to taste a dash or two of chat masala

Mix well. Cover and cook on low heat for about 5 minutes or till the okra is cooked but firm. Top with finely chopped red onions and tomatoes. Sprinkle with more chat masala. Serve on bed of rice or with naan bread.

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Heat oil in a pan on medium heat for about two minutes. Add onions and stir fry for about 4 minutes or till they are very lightly browned. Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and garam masala. Fry again for a few seconds. Add the okra and the slit green chili(es). Add a dash of lemon and sprinkle salt to Amy Ghuman, who works for Trinjan the taste. Add the chat masala. Punjabi Folk, shares a spicy Indian dish.

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Kuldeep Singh Sekhon, a former vicepresident of Surrey’s Dasmesh Darbar gurdwara, is an occasional volunteer in the temple’s community kitchen, where this recipe is served with meals three times a day.

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Savoury treats to serve for Vaisakhi celebrations 1/4 tbsp cinnamon powder 1/4 cloves powder 2 tbsp oil 1 bunch cilantro

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Make onion paste by mixing ginger, garlic, turmeric, red chili powder, cumin, curds, salt, cinnamon and clove powder in a small bowl. Add 1 tbsp oil to it and mix it well. Put all the chicken pieces in a big bowl, add the onion paste and marinate the chicken well. Let the chicken sit for an hour and then put the marinated chicken in the fridge for six to eight hours. Preheat oven to 450 F degrees. Lightly grease tray with oil. Put the chicken pieces one by one onto the tray. Cook the chicken for 45 minutes. If you want your chicken to have more colour set your oven to broil and flip the chicken pieces and keep in the oven for four minutes. When the chicken is cooked, use a platter and place the cooked chicken on it and garnish with cilantro, chopped onions, green chilies and cut limes in half and place around the chicken. The lime juice will add even more flavour to the chicken. Can be served with rice and salad for dinner or with a dipping sauce as an appetizer.

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community while promoting their products. “Many will do it, especially if you’re South or some business owners, the thought Asian,” said Sabharwal. “You’re handing out gifts, food or flyers. And it’s free advertising, of several thousand people passing you have a captive audience right on your by outside their doorstep is an doorstep. You’re marketing to 100,000 people.” opportunity that can’t be ignored. For others, it’s anything but business as usual. But for others, no cars on the road means Participation in Saturday’s Vaisakhi shutting down for the day. parade may be at an all-time high, with “Because the streets are closed, so are we,” some estimating as many as 120,000 people said Tony Singh, president of the Fruiticana proceeding along the parade route, which fruits and vegetable chain with a store on the begins and ends at the Gurdwara Sahib parade route. Dasmesh Darbar on 85 Avenue, and shuts “We actually lose money on the day. And down automobile traffic along 125 and 128 we can’t really advertise, because there’s tents Streets and 76 and 82 Avenues. and banners which hide our store from the “When more than 100,000 people are street.” going by the front door, it’s difficult for Which doesn’t mean Fruiticana doesn’t businesses to pass up the opportunity,” said participate in celebrations. Bal Sabharwal, manager of Copytek, which “We give away roughly 50,000 glasses of is located on the parade route on 124 Street. fresh sugar-cane juice. It’s something we do Copytek is one of several small businesses throughout the day, just to be part of the which set up a stall or booth along the community,” said Singh. “It’s just part of our route, getting involved as members of the culture.”

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he third annual Vaisakhi Gala celebrated a sharing of food, culture, art, entertainment and the Seva Awards. Vaisakhi is an ancient harvest festival in Punjab and marks the beginning of the harvest season. Vaisakhi falls on the first day of the Vaisaki month in the solar Nanakshahi calendar which corresponds to April 14 in the Gregorian calendar. The Vaisakhi Gala is the first of its kind in B.C. A very important part of the celebration is recognizing the outstanding accomplishments and endeavours which benefit the general good of the community. This recognition is done through the prestigious Seva Awards.

(Left to right) Suneet Mann (Miss Teen Canada), Terry Johal (sponsor: World Financial Froup), Darshan K. Sandhu (award winner), Gurjinder K. Bhurji (Vaisakhi Gala Rep).

Sukhminder S. Virk (left) and Sukhwinder S. Sangha (right) from Sikh Youth Haiti Relief Effort with Jim Mihaly (The Leader).

Suneet Mann (Miss Teen Canada) Canada), Lorene Oikawa (sponsor from BCGEU), Kiran K. Saluja (Seva Award recipient) with Gurjinder K. Bhurji (Ethnicity Vaisakhi Gala Rep).

(Sponsors from SFU) Nimal Rajapske (Dean of Applied Science) and Joanne Curry (Executive Director) presenting to Dr. Raghbir S. Bains. Far right is representive Gurjinder K Bhurji from Ethnicity.

Gary Dhaliwal and Kevin Dhaliwal (sponsor Mainland Civil left and right), in middle is Charan Gill from PICS representing Seva Award winner the late Dr. Hari Sharma.

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