Squamish Sikh Parade – Martyrdom of the fifth Guru

Saturday, June 23rd was the 13th time Squamish’s Sikh community commemorated the martyrdom of the fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjun Dev Ji. The celebration started with a parade through downtown and included free food for everyone, prepared and served by members of the local Sikh community. It’s a popular and colourful event that brings together members of the community from different faiths and backgrounds. Despite the violent nature of martyrdom, a key message promoted by Makhan Singh Sanghera, President of the Squamish Sikh Society was “Be calm and peaceful, live a happy life… and don’t hurt anyone” – words we can all live by. A few photos of the day can be seen by clicking this link or the embedded photo.