I’d like to wish everyone celebrating a very happy and healthy Vaisakhi!
There are many British Sikhs in our NHS and other frontline services who have been working tirelessly throughout this crisis. Thank you for all you’re doing.
Vaisakhi is an incredibly important celebration for the Sikh community, as it marks the founding of the Khalsa and the establishment of Sikhism as a collective faith. It is also a Hindu festival, marking the Solar New Year and a celebration of the spring harvest.
Occasions like this are usually marked by family and friends gathering in Gurdwaras to pray and loved ones coming together to share gifts and food. Parades or Nagar Kirtans have also become a common occurrence in many parts of the country. However, the outbreak of COVID-19 will no doubt have an impact on this year’s celebrations.
As we all navigate this new reality, I am reminded of the principle of Sewa or selfless service, which is so integral to Sikhism. Acting selflessly and helping others is a way of life for many Sikhs and I know that there are many British Sikhs in our NHS and other frontline services who have been working tirelessly throughout this crisis. Thank you for all you’re doing.
In times like this, these acts of service are incredibly valuable and speak to our strength and spirit as a nation. We should all look to these traditions and values as ways to guide our own behaviours, of supporting and caring for our community and showing kindness to others.
So, on behalf of the Liberal Democrats, I’d like to wish everyone a peaceful and joyous Vaisakhi.