Vaisakhi 2006 Celebration

Vancouver Canada


April 15, 2006. Vaisakhi crowds meander along half a dozen blocks of Main Street at East 49th Avenue, known as the Punjabi Market , in the heart of the South Vancouver Little India neighbourhood.

Vaisakhi is a harvest and new year festival celebrated in the Punjab of South Asia, usually on the 13th or 14th of April. Farmers of the region observe Vaisakhi as a day of thanks for a bountiful harvest and prayer for future prosperity. Though Vaisakhi is also celebrated by Hindus and Buddhists at their New Year, it is most important to Sikhs, as it marks the 1699 establishment of the Khalsa – the body of fully initiated Sikhs. Vancouver’s annual Vaisakhi parade begins and ends at the Ross Street Sikh Temple while winding its way along Main, East 49th and Fraser streets. The harvest festival means there is an abundance of food everywhere and families and businesses generously offer free tasty treats from kiosks along the parade route. In recent years Surrey’s South Asian population has vastly outgrown Vancouver’s, leaving many empty storefronts in the Main Street Punjabi Market.

Ujjal Dosanj is Canada's best known Indo-Canadian, having served as the 33rd Premier of British Columbia, Member of the Canadian Parliament, British Columbia Member of the Legislative Assembly, and numerous ministerial positions in both the Federal and Provincial governments. Ujjal Dosanjh sending out his greeting for a prosperous Vaisakhi.

Archival inkjet digital prints from scanned black and white film, dry mount collaged onto 40w x 30h inch rag board. Black ink holographic text. 2015

Exhibited April 2015, Eraser Street show, grunt Gallery, Vancouver Canada