I am happy to know that like in the past the Indo-Canadian community is planning to celebrate traditional festival of ‘Vaisakhi’ this year too. It is gratifying to note that the community retains its roots with India and all major festivals of India are celebrated here in a befitting manner. Vaisakhi commemorates the founding of the Khalsa Panth at Anandpur Sahib in the year 1699 by the tenth Sikh Guru, Shri Guru Gobind Singhji, based on the principles of sacrifice, purity, equality, justice and courage. In addition, Vaisakhi also heralds the harvest season and marks the beginning of traditional new year.
India is a symbol of the harmonious blend of traditional and modernity. Modern India’s economic rise in the recent years has caught the attention of the whole world. This has been possible due to the contribution and hard work of all Indians including the Indian diaspora. Indo-Canadian community has also contributed to the development of Canada in all spheres. I take this opportunity to put on record our appreciation for their role in carrying forward the close links between two great democracies - India and Canada. On this happy occasion of Vaisakhi, I would also like to touch upon the common cultural heritage of peace, assimilation and non-violence which we share with Canada.
I would like to convey my heartiest greetings to the Indo-Canadian community on the happy occasion of the Vaisakhi festival and wish all success for the forthcoming celebrations.