Vaisakhi celebrations : Sri Akhand Path Sahib in Canadian Parliament
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal expressed gratitude to the Canadian Parliament for “organizing Akhand Path of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji and Kirtan Darbar in the House of Commons Building” on April 11 as part of the Vaisakhi celebrations for this year.
A press statement emailed to The VOICE said that in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Badal noted that this was “the first time in the history of the Canadian Parliament that the celebrations of the Birth of the Khalsa would be observed at such an impressive scale and magnitude.”
The letter said: “I am happy to learn too that the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) is sending Chandor / Chandani and a set of Rumalas which have been placed on Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji in Harmandar Sahib. It is indeed a matter of great satisfaction that these sacred articles would be preserved in the archives of the Canadian Parliament for future occasions also.”
Badal said that he was greatly moved by the devotion and dedication displayed in this regard by the Sikh members of the Canadian Parliament, “especially the spirit of selfless service displayed by Sardar Randeep Singh Sarai from Surrey Centre,” for making this historic event a reality. He added: “It was indeed a proud moment for the entire Sikh community and our brethren in Canada, who deserved our special thanks and felicitations for this.”
The statement said that Badal also “placed on record the gratitude to the great Canadian nation, especially the present Government and Members of Parliament of Canada personally on behalf of the Punjab Government and Punjabis for making this possible.”