Date: 14 April 2017
Venue: Penang Times Square
Date: 22 April 2017
Time: 6PM – 11PM
Venue: Fort Cornwallis, Penang
Vaisakhi Celebration is the celebration of the new year and the harvest season of the Punjabi calendar. It is also the day to mark the establishment of Sikhism new order, the Khalsa Janam Divas by the tenth Guru of Sikhism, Guru Gobind Singh on March 30, 1699.
The meaning of Khalsa is “sovereign or free”, another meaning is “pure or genuine”. All Sikhs that have been initiated into Khalsa carry the title of Singh(Lion) for men and Kaur(Princess) for women. Sikhism teaches “honesty, equality, fidelity, meditating on God, and never bowing to tyranny, and for helping/protecting the weak, and self-defense.”
In Penang, the day of Vaisakhi is marked with singing and dancing in a joyful and colourful festivity atmosphere. All Sikhs will dress in their best finery and throng the Gurdwara to volunteer their services, to celebrate and to hear the teaching of the Guru. In recent years, the celebration has been extended to the public, usually in an open house format at the Penang Time Square, to provide all a better understanding of their beliefs, customs and practices of the Sikhs in Penang.
It is noteworthy to know a Punjabi is a person from or can trace his ancestry to the region of Punjab on the Indian continent. A Sikh is a person who follows the religion of Sikhism. While all Sikhs can trace their origin to a region in Punjab, not all Punjabis are Sikhs. Source from: http://www.penangtrails.com.my/
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