Baisakhi is a time of renewal and rebirth of spirit which commemorates the important moment in Sikh history when Guru Gobind Singh Ji in April of 1699 inspired tens of thousands of Sikhs to live in the form of Khalsa; pure, courageous, and dedicated to “Cherdi kala” (ever-rising spirit) and to pledge themselves to serving humanity with love and peace.
For the first time since 2019, the annual Sikh Community of Southern California Baisakhi Celebration was held in-person at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 2, 2023. Watch full coverage of this event provided by Chardikla Time TV North America!
Hundreds of sevadars (volunteers) came together to make the day festive, fun and nourishing with Guru’s Langar served throughout the day.
The program consisted of a Kirtan Darbar (a day of sacred and spirited musical held in the royal court of Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the Guru of Sikhs) and a Nagar Kirtan (a traveling Kirtan parade with Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji) encompassing a two-mile route in downtown L. A.
This year, more than 40 Ragi Jathas (groups) and Children’s Jathas played in the Kirtan Darbar, representing more than 25 Gurudwaras spread across a broad range of California. Ragis from Fresno in central California to Orange County, in the south and West Los Angeles to Indio in the east traveled hundreds of miles to be a part of sharing with the sadh sangat the joy and spirit of Baisakhi.