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Vaisakhi Celebration In Washington


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    (Note: The following article and pictures will appear in the next issue of Aasra Magazine)

    ਝਖੜੁ ਝਾਗੀ ਮੀਹੁ ਵਰਸੈ ਭੀ ਗੁਰੁ ਦੇਖਣ ਜਾਈ ੧੩
    Even in violent storms and torrential rain, I go out to catch a glimpse of my Guru. ||13||
    ਸਮੁੰਦੁ ਸਾਗਰੁ ਹੋਵੈ ਬਹੁ ਖਾਰਾ ਗੁਰਸਿਖੁ ਲੰਘਿ ਗੁਰ ਪਹਿ ਜਾਈ ੧੪
    Even though the oceans and the salty seas are very vast, the GurSikh will cross over it to get to his Guru. ||14||

    The above words seem to come true when Sadh Sangat at the Gurudwara Sahib in Renton, WA braved the snow and rain to organize the annual Nagar Kirtan for the Vaisakhi Celebrations. It is probably a record that the Northwest is facing snow at this time of the year. Yet the Sikhs celebrated the birthday of the Khalsa with the same enthusiasm.

    (Khalsa Day Parade. HAPPY VAISAKHI 2008)

    (The Shan-e-Khalsa band leads the procession from the Gurudwara Sahib)

    (Shan-e-Khalsa from Canada leads the procession from the Gurudwara Sahib)

    (The Panj Piyare (the Five Beloved) walk with the Guru Granth Sahib)

    (The procession takes off from the Gurudwara Sahib in Renton. The Guru Granth Sahib is decked in a palanquin)

    (The Sadh Sangat and the Guru Granth Sahib is carried in a palanquin)

    (The enthusiasm of the Sadh Sangat)

    (The US Flag is on the right and the Washington State Flag on the left)

    (With messages of love and peace, the children from Khalsa Gurmat School in Renton participate in the celebration)

    (Children of Khalsa Gurmat School, Renton, WA)

    (Other neighboring Gurudwaras participated in the celebration also)

    Children enjoy the ride seated on one of the floats during the celebration

    (The students wave at the passerby’s on the other lane to request them to join the procession)

    (The Ragis doing Kirtan during the procession)

    (The Panj Piyare)

    (The Gatka Team)


    Punjabi English Magazine
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    Kent, WA 98064
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