Surrey: TD Bank celebrated their 2nd annual Vaisakhi luncheon with 260 of their clients on Wednesday at Bombay Banquet Hall in Newton.

Surrey’s 20th annual Vaisakhi parade marks the Sikh new year and is the largest Vaisakhi celebration in the world outside of India with a record 400,000 attendees expected.

This year’s parades take place in Vancouver on Saturday, April 14 starting at the Ross Street Gurdwara at 9 a.m., and in Surrey on Saturday, April 21 starting at the Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar at 12885 85th Ave.

“We celebrate the accomplishment of our Indo-Canadian community. We celebrate the successes of each and every one that achieved so much because of the cooperation that ties us together as Canadians,” shared Canada’s Minister of Defence Harjit Singh Sajjan who addresses the crowd via video.

“We must build bridges, not barriers,” he said.

His address was followed by a panel discussion about the meaning of Vaisakhi in today’s day and age. Panelists were Harp Pandher and Bhupinder Hundal, of Punjabi Hockey Night in Canada, and Inderjit Singh, of Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen.1

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