KUCHING: Vaishakhi a major festival of Sikhs will be celebrated today (April 14).
The festival commemorates the birth of the Khalsa order by Guru Gobind Singh Ji who is the 10th Sikh guru in 1699.
Sarawak Sikh Temple Association President Dr Kalwinder Singh Khaira said the community is thrilled to be able to celebrate the festival on a bigger scale compared to the previous two years.
Having said this, he assured that compliance to stringent standard operating procedures (SOP) will continue to be observed.
“In 2020 and 2021, we celebrated in a very small scale and could not do much. We are very happy that the COVID-19 situation has improved and life is gradually becoming normal again.
“We will have a small prayer session today. However, the celebration on Sunday will be on a bigger scale.
“The celebration will start with offering and morning prayer service followed by lunch,” he told New Sarawak Tribune.
Dr Kalwinder disclosed that it is expected that about 150 to 250 people will be attending the celebration on Sunday (April 17) at Gudwara Sahib Kuching.
At the same time, he said the temple will be holding a recognition ceremony for students who have excelled and who are pursuing their studies.
“The celebration will be following the existing SOP and of course, we will remind everyone to be mindful of social distancing and to always wear their face masks.
“We are very thankful that this year’s celebration can take place and we hope that everyone will continue to look after themselves until the time we can fully return to our normal lives as well as activities,” he added.