On a sunny weekend day, East-Indian residents of Lower Mainland celebrated their Vaisakhi holiday that marks the birth of religious community known as khalsa. The Sikhs all over the world celebrate their harvest festival in these days.
The East-Indian community in Canada is the biggest in the region of Vancouver's Lower Mainland, including those of Surrey, Vancouver and Abbotsford. There were also residents coming from the US.
The photo-essay shows glimpses from the event and people who took part in it. There were estimated 150,000 people who showed up on the streets of Surrey to celebrate. The event started at the Gurdwara Sahib Dashmeh Darbar and went on a 5 km parade that took about 4 hours to complete. It was very well prepared logistically with free food and drink outlets along the way.