Like in previous years, well over 100,000 Sikhs from the GTA and beyond are expected to take part in the Khalsa Day parade.
Several politicians and dignitaries will be present, notable among them is Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory.
Khalsa for those unfamiliar with its meaning is the day when the 10th Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh, laid down its foundation on April 13, 1699. He also introduced the Five Ks — five articles of faith that Sikhs must wear at all times. These include kesh (uncut hair), kangha (a wooden comb), kara (an iron or steel wrist bracelet), kirpan (a sword), and kacha (a short underwear).
Over the years the Khalsa Day parade has evolved to become Toronto’s third largest parade. Thousands of non-Sikh Torontonians line the street taking in the sheer spectacle that features colourful floats, martial arts performers and Sikh men, women and children all dressed in saffron.
The celebrations beings at 9 a.m. at Toronto’s CNE followed by the parade to Nathan Philips Square, where the festivities will continue.
Participants are requested to bring donations for the annual food drive by Sikh youth for The Hospital for Sick Children. If you haven’t attended one in the past, this may be an opportunity to get out there, enjoy and celebrate Canada’s multiculturalism at its best. – CINEWS