Vaisakhi Celebrations At Ontario Assembly
Top leaders in Canada's Ontario province led by Premier Kathleen Wynne joined the Sikh community in celebrating Baisakhi at the Ontario legislative assembly.
For the first time, the Sikh holy book Guru Granth Sahib was brought to the assembly here on Monday to celebrate Baisakhi and the Sikh Heritage Month.
Wynne and her cabinet ministers joined the Sikhs as 'kirtan' was performed and prayers recited to mark the birthday of the Khalsa in April 1699.
The Sikh community's saffron flag Nishan Sahib was also hoisted outside the assembly building to mark the day.
"It is the first time in the history of Ontario that the holy Guru Granth Sahib has been brought inside the legislative assembly building, and the Sikh flag Nishan Sahib installed to mark Baisakhi day.
"It is a proud day for Sikhs in Canada," said Indian-Canadian politician and former Ontario transportation minister Harinder Takhar at the Baisakhi reception at the assembly building Queen's Park.