Sunday 17th April, 2005

Malaysian Sikhs mark Vaisakhi

By Fauja Singh - Panthic Weekly Staff

Malaysia (KP) - This year celebrates 306 years since the birth of the Khalsa Panth on Vaisakhi. Vasakhi will be observed in Malaysia with an Akhandh Path and other events.
At the end of the Akhandh Path, the Nishan Sahib (saffron-coloured flag) is changed at the entrance of the Gurudwaras, celebrating the Gurpurb of Vaisakhi.
Prayers will be said at the Gurdwara and, as per Sikh tradition, Langar will be served in the community kitchen. The Gurdwara holds games for children and events for adults. Some host them before the Akhand Path while others hold the fun events after the solemn ceremonies are done.
On May 1, the National Vaisakhi Open House 2005 will be held at Padang Timur in Petaling Jaya on a big scale to give Malaysians an insight into the Sikh community and its culture. The event, being organised by the Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia, is scheduled to be launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Organising Chairman Datuk Jaspal Singh said visitors would be entertained with multi-cultural performances. "Visitors can catch a live performance by a Sikh band and a chapatti-making demonstration,'' he said, adding that there would also be performances by local artists and dancers, against maryada. Some 20,000 visitors are expected at the Sabha.

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