Vaisakhi Nite

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Vaisakhi, a Sikh religious festival, marks the beginning of a new solar year and a new harvest season. It falls on the first day of the Baisakh month in the solar Nanakshahi calendar, which corresponds to April 13 in the Gregorian calendar. It also comme-morates the establishment of Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh. In India the day is marked by ritualistic bathing in sacred rivers like the Ganges.

In Malaysia, however, the festival is celebrated on a much smaller scale by both the local Sikh community and well-wishers, where the participation of all races is encouraged.

Not wanting to miss out on this opportunity, the management of the Ipoh City and Country Club, celebrated Vaisakhi by organising “Vaisakhi Dance Nite 2011” within its premises on Friday, April 1. Participants were feted and entertained to Bollywood and bhangra dances, music and songs performed by a bhangra troupe from Penang.

“We want the uniqueness of Vaisakhi to be felt by all and sundry. It helps in unifying our society,” said Dato’ Wan Azahari bin Yom Ahmad, the club’s public relations committee chairman in his welcoming remarks. It was a fun-filled night for the 500-odd audience consisting of members, their families and guests. Many walked away with prizes won during a lucky draw.

Ed

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