Baisakhi celebrated with pomp at Indian Consulate in New York

The festival of Baisakhi was celebrated with pomp and vigor by the Indian community in New York at a special event organized at the Indian Consulate. People from all walks of life attended and enjoyed the festivities.

The celebrations also recognized the start of Navratri, the nine-day Hindu festival. It also came on the eve of the start of the 30-day Muslim festival of Ramadan.

Professor Indrajit Saluja spoke about the importance of Baisakhi as the day of the creation of the Khalsa in 1699 by Guru Gobind Singh. He noted how Sikhs now numbered some 30 million people. He thanked India’s Consul General Randhir Jaiswal for hosting the event. He called this year’s celebration at the Consulate as ‘historic’ coming as it does after the pandemic.

Consul General Jaiswal offered auspicious wishes to the Sikh community and others for their different festivals including Cheti Chand by Sindhis, Ugadi in Andhra, Karnataka and Telangana, Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, as well as others in Manipur and elsewhere.

“When we celebrate festivals and fairs of India, we are celebrating the diversity of India,” Jaiswal said in his speech and noted that diversity was the strength of the community He also noted that several landmark events during India’s freedom struggle began on Vaisakhi. This year it was even more important to draw those connections as it is the 75th year of India’s independence, Jaiswal said. He stressed the need for people to preserve, promote, nourish and nurture diversity, and make it the basis of unity and in helping each other.

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