LOS ANGELES, CA - A large number of devotees thronged gurdwaras across SoCal to celebrate Vaisakhi with great fervor and enthusiasm. The festival has special significance for Sikhs since it marks the day in 1699, when the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh laid the foundation of the Khalsa.
A special event was organized by Gurdwara Sahib Vermont on April 19.After the Kirtan of Asa Di Vaar, Hazoori Jatha Bhai Jatinder Singh, followed by Bhai Harpreet Singh, Raagi Jatha visiting from Darbar Sahib, Amritsar recited Kirtan.
A special congregation was held at Gurdwara Singh Sabha Buena Park on Vaisakhi day. Kirtan by Bhai Gopal Singh was followed by shabad recitation by Bhai Bhagwan Singh Kulwant Singh Nagpur Wale. Principal Gurbachan Singh, a visiting religious teacher from India talked about the slogan ‘Sarbat da Bhalla’, (welfare of all) and said this slogan had been the guiding principle embedded deep in the psyche of Sikhs Baba Jorawar Singh Fateh Singh School also celebrated Vaisakhi on April 19 where nearly 160 students of the school presented a three hour program of Shabad Kirtan, speeches and poems at Gurdwara Buena Park main hall. Twelve groups of students performed Kirtan,ten students presented poems on Sikh history and five students presented speeches on the history of Khalsa Foundation Day. Students of the graduating class, Simran Kaur, Jessica Kaur and Sukhvir Kaur narrated a chapter of Sikh history in classic ballad style singing using traditional folk instruments. The day was also celebrated as Turban Day and volunteers tied turbans on children and adults.