On Saturday, June 28th, the Squamish Sikh Society held its annual celebration downtown Squamish to mark the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji, who lived from 1563 to 1606. Guru Arjan is revered for compiling the writings of earlier Gurus’ along with selected writings of Hindu and Muslim saints considered consistent with the teachings of Sikhism into one book, which now forms the Sikh holy scripture: the Guru Granth Sahib.
Guru Arjan promotion of the concept of an equal and a casteless society resulted in his martyrdom when he refused to remove Islamic and Hindu references from the Holy book. Guru Arjan is widely revered for providing an example that with patience and love, not force, it is possible to change situations for the better. The celebrations included a Nagar Kirtan, in which food and drink is prepared and distributed for free to everyone in the community.
Some photos of the event can be seen here, along with a few shots taken downtown and along the dyke when walking with Wally before the parade.