Melbourne turned into ‘mini Punjab’ to celebrate Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan

Thousands gathered in the heart of Melbourne to mark the festival of Vaisakhi – the celebration of the birth of Khalsa....

Melbourne CBD became a bastion of Sikh culture on Saturday as it celebrated Vaisakhi with thousands gathering to participate in the annual Sikh Parade, a procession, known as the Nagar Kirtan.

Up to 20,000 people are believed to have attended this year’s event, which took place on the streets of Melbourne starting from Parliament Gardens to Flagstaff Gardens.

The celebratory event was organised by the Victorian Sikh Gurdwaras Council (VSGC).

Sikh Gurdwaras and organisations Cross Victoria participated in this Nagar Kirtan event.

In a media statement, Gurdeep Singh Matharoo, VSGC President said, “Vaisakhi is an exciting festival for all Sikhs and an opportunity to renew our commitment to Sikhism.”...

....This year, Royal Children Hospital received $20,000 – money raised by Victoria’s Sikh community at the event. 

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