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The Sikh community marks its special day with a parade in Charlottetown

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Men in blue robes march in a procession called Nagar Kirtan in Charlottetown on Sunday.  (Stacey Janzer/CBC – photo credit)

Men in blue robes march in a procession called Nagar Kirtan in Charlottetown on Sunday. (Stacey Janzer/CBC – photo credit)

Members of PEI's Sikh community celebrated a special day on Sunday.

April is Sikh Heritage Month in Canada. On Sunday, people gathered to celebrate Vaisakhi, marking the spring harvest in Punjab and northern India.

The event began with morning prayers at the Sikh house of worship, or gurdwara, in Charlottetown. A two-kilometer parade – Nagar Kirtan – followed and ended with a meal at the Jack Blanchard Centre.

Cars decorated with orange and yellow flags took part in the parade.

There were two men pretending to fight with swords, along with a group of men sweeping the streets with brooms to represent clearing the way for the holy book and guide.

The Sikh community is growing on PEI, with up to 200 people attending the Gurdwara in Charlottetown every Sunday.

Yadwinder Singh, a board member of the gurdwara, said Sunday marked the so-called rebirth of Khalsa.

“Khasla means someone who is spiritually and emotionally very pure like God, just as God sent us to earth.”

During the parade, men sweep the streets with brooms. (Stacey Janzer/CBC)

The celebration marks the spring harvest in Punjab and northern India. (Stacey Janzer/CBC)

Two men pretend to duel with swords during the parade. (Stacey Janzer/CBC)