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      April 14, 2019

      Sunday   7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

      1201 South Figueroa Street
      Los Angeles, California 90015

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      Baisakhi Celebration 2019

      Event: Baisakhi Celebration 2019
      Venue: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
      Date: April 14, 2019
      Time: 7:00AM to 6:00PM
      Admission Cost: Free


      Baisakhi, also spelled Vaisakhi, is a harvest festival for people of the Punjab region. Every April, communities across the world come together to celebrate Baisakhi. For centuries, Baisakhi has marked the spring harvest, and Punjabi farmers have celebrated this occasion with community gatherings and festivals.

      But for Sikhs Baisakhi has special significance. Baisakhi observes the major event in the history of the Sikhs with formation of Khalsa (Sovereign) that happened at Anandpur Sahib, Punjab, South Asia. Khalsa, literally meaning 'Pure' also ‘Sovereign’, refers to the community of initiated Sikhs.

      On the Baisakhi day in 1699AD, the Tenth Master of the Sikhs Guru Gobind Singh formalized the initiation ceremony of the Sikhs and selected the five beloved ones who would lead the community and administer the Sikh initiation. The Master conferred upon all male Sikhs the title of "Singh" (Lion) and female Sikhs the title of "Kaur" (Princess).

      Once an individual is initiated, that person is responsible for living according to the Sikh Code of Conduct and mandate to wear five articles of faith; Kesh (uncut hair), Kanga (comb), Kara (Bracelet), Kirpan (sword) and Kachehra (a special type of shorts). The Khalsa brotherhood of Saint-Soldiers, with distinct identity, is formed to uphold righteousness, freedom, and the dignity of mankind.

      “Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh!”
      The Khalsa belongs to the God, the Creator and its victories belong to the God, the Creator.


      In Los Angeles, Baisakhi Celebration is coordinated by the Sikh Community of Southern California with the cooperation of many Gurdwaras; Sikh Place of Worship is called Gurdwara. The event takes place at Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown LA. Thousands of Sikhs gather to celebrate the Birth anniversary of the Khalsa with joy and enthusiasm.

      Sikhs express their devotion through singing of Spiritual Hymns or “Kirtan”. Traditional Sikh martial arts “Gatka” is exhibited to signify the high spirit of the Sikhs. During the program, attendees have an opportunity to listen to speeches from prominent interfaith and political leaders, including officials from all levels of government. In Sikh tradition, both temporal authority (Miri) and spiritual authority (Piri) go side by side, the concept promoted by the Sixth Sikh Master Guru Hargobind.

      Sikh Parade or "Nagar Kirtan" procession is held. The parade is led by the five beloved ones and presided by the Sikh Scripture, Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Community Kitchen serves free meals called "Langar" to all the visitors. The Langar or free kitchen was started by the First Sikh Master Guru Nanak to uphold the principle of equality.

      All are welcome to celebrate Baisakhi with the Sikhs. Greet the Sikhs with “Sat Sri Akal”, common salutation used by the Sikhs, which means “God’s name is forever and True”.

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      Note: Any intoxicants such as tobacco products or liquor are not permitted on the premises.


      The word Sikh means a "disciple", or a "learner". A Sikh is a follower of Sikhism, a monotheistic religion, belief in one God, which originated during the 15th century in Punjab, now the 5th largest living religion of the world.

      The Sikhs all over the world follow the teachings of Ten Sikh Masters. The Holy Scripture of the Sikhs "Guru Granth Sahib" is purely monotheistic and advocates the equality of all human beings. Sikhism rejects caste and class systems and emphasizes service to humanity. Sikhism promises women an equal place.

      “In Sikhism the word "Guru" has specific meaning, who guides the seeker from ignorance to enlightenment, and reserved only for God, Ten Sikh Masters and Sikh Holy Scripture.”

      Sikhism is life-affirming religion and leaves no room for monasticism and withdrawal. Sikhs are firmly rooted in their faith, but respect other faiths and do not proselytize. Sikhs believe in three basic principles; meditating on the name of God (praying), earning a living by honest means, and sharing the fruits of one’s labor with others.


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