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I am delighted to extend my warmest wishes to the entire Sikh  community in Canada and around the world as you celebrate Vaisakhi.        Commemorating the founding of the Khalsa Sikh community in  1699 by Guru Gobind Singh Ji, Vaisakhi is one of the most important observances  of the year for Sikhs. It also marks the beginning of a new year in many parts of  India and around the world. For many, this is a time to gather at gurdwaras to  pray, read from the sacred scripture and meditate, as well as celebrate with family  and friends at vibrant parades and processions.        Canada is a proud home to one of the largest Sikh populations  outside of India. Today, we reflect upon the many longstanding contributions of  the Sikh community in all areas of endeavour.        On behalf of the Government of Canada, I offer my best wishes for  a happy and peaceful Vaisakhi.   

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The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P. 


A Message from the Premier As the Premier of the Province of British Columbia, it gives me great pleasure to send greetings to the readers of South Asian Lifestyle Magazine in this special edition for the IndoCanadian Vaisakhi Parade. In British Columbia, we are so proud to live in a place with such a rich diversity of culture and publications such as South Asian Lifestyle contribute so much to the welcoming and harmonious atmosphere of our province. I understand this edition takes focus on the exciting activities planned for the Indo-Canadian Vaisakhi Parade and I have no doubt this will be an enjoyable event for all in attendance. Thank you to Ansal Media Group for providing this valuable resource to the community and please accept my best wishes for continued success. Sincerely,

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Vaisakhi 2014 April 14th, 2014

On behalf of Surrey City Council, I would like to wish you all a Happy Vaisakhi!

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Vaisakhi is an important celebration for many in the City of Surrey, as it marks the birth of the Sikh identity. This occasion is accompanied by colourul events of every type, including parades, festivals, meals and much more. It’s a time where people within Surrey’s community come together to partake in the rich traditions of South Asian culture. Surrey City Council is happy to celebrate with residents who desire to promote their culture and enrich the lives of others. I would also like to invite you to enjoy all of the festivities that our City has to offer in celebration of this wonderful occasion. As you celebrate Vaisakhi this year, I wish you all a wonderful time.


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The skin is the largest organ of the body and therefore, warrants your utmost attention. Diet is a major factor in determining the quality of one’s skin. Stress and aging will surely cause your skin to deteriorate your skin over time, but you can arm yourself against these by consuming the following foods ,in succession, which boost the health of your skin: 1. Water is one of the best routes to greatlooking skin. Drinking water allows your body to flush out wastes and helps rejuvenate your skin. 2. Cantaloupe. Free radicals can damage your skin overtime. Therefore, it is important for the the body to absorb free radicals to prevent their negavite effects. Cantaloupes are a great way to increase absorption of free radicals. 3. Tomatoes. Another way to reduce skin damage is to consume anti-oxidants. Tomatoes have anti-oxidants in plenty and have many great benefits which lead to healthy skin. 4. Berries. Strawberries, blueberries, rasberries and blackberries all have lots of antioxidants like the cantaloupe. These can be easily added to cereal or salads to make way for healthier skin. 5. Broccoli. This vegetable has many health benefits. It is a great source of Vitamin A which helps in producing new skin cells. This leaves your skin looking fresh and younger.


6. Low Fat Dairy. Dairy products are great stores for Vitamin A. However, they tend to be heavy in fat. To reap the positive benefits and avoid the negative ones, you can consume low-fat milk and cheese. Homo milk is good enough for a child up to 3 years and after that 2% is good enough for grown ups. Elders should drink 1% or skim milk to justify our sedentary lifestyle. 7. Spinach. Much like broccoli and dairy, spinach is also high in Vitamin A. Spinach is a good source of fiber as well and can be easily consumed in salads. 8. Flax seeds. Your body needs essential fatty acids from your diet. These fatty acids improve the appearance of your skin. Flax seeds are a great source of these essential fatty acids. 9. Brussel Sprouts. Vitamin C can be found in things other than citrus fruits. Brussel sprouts are not only rich in Vitamin C and fiber, but are also great for your skin. 10. Lean red meat. Low iron is a common cause for skin that is not ideal. One can eat lean red meat to boost iron levels and avoid consuming lots of fat. Even though genetics pay a significant role in determining the kind of skin you have, eating some of these foods can help slow down the aging process and leave your skin looking better. - Sarthak Kochhar, BSc.












The Five Ks

pMj kkwr (Pañj Kakār)

The Five Ks (Punjabi): pMj kkwr (Pañj Kakār) are five Articles of Faith that Khalsa Sikhs wear at all times as commanded by the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh who so ordered it at the Vaisakhi Amrit Sanskar in 1699. The Five Ks are not just symbols, but articles of faith that collectively form the external identity and the Khalsa devotee’s commitment to the Sikh rehni “Sikh way of life”. A Sikh who has taken Amrit, dons all five Ks is known as Khalsa (“pure”) or Amritdhari (“Amrit Sanskar participant”), while a Sikh who has not taken Amrit but follows all rules and keeps all five Ks is called a sahajdhari (“slow adopter”) Courtesy: Wikipedia



The five items (Pañj Kakār)

Kanga, Kara and Kirpan – three of the five Ks

k~C, kVw, ikrpwn, kµGw, kyskI, ieh pµj kkwr rihq Dry isK soie Ò Kachera, Kara, Kirpan, Kanga and Kesh. A person who wears all these Five Kakaars should be considered a Sikh. 1. Kesh: uncut hair 2. Kangha: a wooden comb 3. Kara: a metal bracelet 4. Kachera: a specific style of cotton undergarments 5. Kirpan: a strapped curved dagger


Kesh: The Kesh, or unshorn long hair, is an indispensable part of the human body. It was created by Waheguru as the mainstay of the ‘Jivan Jaach’, the Rehni that was prescribed by Guru Gobind Singh Sahib by which a Sikh is clearly and quickly identified. A Sikh never cuts or trims any hair to indicate the perfection of God’s creation. The uncut long hair and the beard, in the case of men, form the main kakār for Sikhs. A Dastar is a turban worn to protect the Kesh and guard the Dasam Duaar (the Tenth Gate), a spiritual opening at the top of the head. The turban is a spiritual crown, which is a constant reminder to the Sikh that he or she is sitting on the throne of consciousness and is committed to living according to Sikh principles. Guru Gobind Singh told his Sikhs:


“Khaalsa mero roop hai kaas. Khaalsa mai ho karo nivaas.” “The Khalsa is my image. Within the Khalsa I reside.” Wearing a turban declares sovereignty, dedication, self-respect, courage and piety.

Kangha: Kangha – one of the five articles of faith for the Sikhs kµGw donauN vkq kr, pwg cunih kr bWDeI Ò

was not right. Hair should be allowed to grow but it should be kept clean and combed at least twice a day.

Kara Kara – one of the five articles of faith for the Sikhs The Sikhs were commanded by Guru Gobind Singh at the Baisakhi Amrit Sanchar in 1699 to wear an iron bangle called a Kara at all times. The Kara is a constant reminder to always remember that whatever a person does with their hands has to be in keeping with the advice given by the Guru. The Kara is a iron/steel circle to symbolize life as never ending. A symbol of permanent bonding to the community-being a link in the chain of Khalsa Sikhs (the word for link is ‘kari’).

Kachera The Kachera – one of the five articles of faith for the Sikhs sIl jq kI kC pihir pikVE ihQAwrw Ò

Comb the hair twice a day, covering it with turban that is to be tied from fresh. — Tankhanama Bhai Nand Lal Singh A Kangha is a small wooden comb that Sikhs use twice a day. It is supposed to be kept with the hair and at all times. Combs help to clean and remove tangles from the hair, and is a symbol of cleanliness. Combing their hair reminds Sikhs that their lives should be tidy and organized. The Sikhs were commanded by Guru Gobind Singh to keep a small comb called a Kangha at all times. The comb keeps the hair tidy, a symbol of not just accepting what God has given, but also an injunction to maintain it with grace. The Guru said hair should be allowed to grow naturally. For men, this includes not shaving. At the time of Guru Gobind Singh, some holy men let their hair become tangled and dirty. The Guru said that this


The sign of true chastity is the Kachera, you must wear this and hold weapons in hand. — Bhai Gurdas, Var. 41, pauri 15 Originally, the Kachera was made part of the five Ks as a symbol of a Sikh soldier’s willingness to be ready at a moment’s notice for battle or for defense.It was to get around quickly in a fight The confirmed Sikh (one who has taken the Amrit) wears a kachera every day. Some go to the extent of wearing a kachera while bathing, to be ready to at a moment’s notice, changing into the new one leg at a time, so as to have no moment where they are unprepared. Further, this garment allowed the Sikh soldier to operate in combat freely and without any hindrance or restriction, because it was easy to fabricate, maintain, wash and carry compared to other traditional undergarments of that era, like the dhoti. The Kachera symbolises self-respect, and always reminds the wearer of mental control over lust, one of the Five Evils in Sikh philosophy. Kachera follow a generally practical and roomy design. It features an embedded string that




circles the waist which can be tightened/loosened as desired, and then knotted securely. The Kachera can be classed between underwear and an outer garment, as in appearance it does not reveal private anatomy, and looks and wears like shorts. As with all of the Five Ks, there is equality between men and women, and so women are also expected to wear it. Considering the hot climate in India, the Kachera is often worn by men as an outer garment, keeping the wearer cool and being practical in manual work such as farming, however it is generally not considered respectful for women to wear the Kachera as an outer garment (on its own) as it is considered too revealing.


Typical Kirpan worn by modern Sikhs sæsqr hIn kbh¨ nih hoeI, irhqvµq Kwlsw soeI Ò Those who never depart his/her arms, they are the Khalsa with excellent rehats.


— Rehatnama Bhai Desa Singh The Kirpan is a short dagger which symbolizes a Sikh’s duty to come to the defence of those in peril. All baptised Sikhs should wear a short form of Kirpan (approx. 6” to 9” long) on their body at all times as a defensive side-arm, just as a police officer is expected to wear a public-defensive weapon when on duty. Its use is only allowed in the act of self-defense and the protection of others. It stands for bravery and protecting the weak and innocent. Originally, the kirpan was kept sharp and was actually used to defend others, such as those who were being oppressed by harsh rulers, women who were raped in the streets, or a person who was being robbed or beaten. The true Sikh cannot turn a blind eye to such evils, thinking that they are “someone else’s concern.” It is the duty of the true Sikh to help those who suffer unjustly, by whatever means available, whether that means alerting the police, summoning help, or literally defending those who cannot defend themselves, even if that means putting oneself in harm’s way.




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over 30 years, Shoppers Drug Mart at 47th & Fraser has been at the heart of the local community. As the new owner of this store, I would like to extend a heartfelt Thank You to all our customers for making us your primary destination for all of your Health, Beauty and Convenience needs. We recognize that people today have many shopping options, but when it comes to health, there is no compromise; either the service is excellent, or it is not. My personal commitment as a healthcare professional is to provide every one of my patients with the full care and attention they deserve in the vital area of health and wellbeing. This is the least I can do to earn the loyalty and trust of everyone in our community. In addition, we try to go the extra mile. Our pharmacy team is dedicated to making your experi-


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Happy Vaisakhi to all! Hitesh Patel BSc.(Pharm), Pharmacist/Owner Shoppers Drug Mart, Fraser Street, Store #222 6305 Fraser Street (at 47th), Vancouver, British Columbia, V5W 3A3 (t) 604.324.7909 ext.33 (f) 604.324.2405 (e) visit

6305 Fraser Street Vancouver BC V5W 3A3

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Hitesh Patel

Ph: 604-324-7909 Fax: 604-324-2405

Email: Store Hours: Mon to Fri: 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM / Sat & Sun 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM Pharmacist/Owner







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