Guru Nanak Gurudwara Celebrates Vaisakhi and Indian Food Festival
Guru Nanak Gurudwara celebrated 2023 Vaisakhi with the local Sikh and non-Sikh community by hosting the community at their open grounds. The open-to-all family weekend event attracted over 300 attendees. The celebrations started with Akhand Path on Friday, which ran through Sunday morning. Each year, Sikhs worldwide celebrate an auspicious Vaisakhi – a harvest festival and the birth of Khalsa. The Sikh community’s 10th guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, chose the festival to establish the Khalsa. Ceremonial changes to the Nishan Sahib – a religious flag flying over Gurdwaras worldwide- occurred a day earlier.
As in the previous year’s Vaisakhi celebrations, this year’s festivities were no different as the langar turned into a free Indian Food Festival for the Las Vegas community, with many local Indian restaurants participating in serving freshly prepared Indian delicacies to the attendees. The family event attracted many young generation members of the growing community. Preschoolers and grade-schoolers were busy enjoying the kids’ friendly activities.
Langar luncheon had a full Indian buffet of freshly prepared Choley Bhaturey, Shahi Paneer, Punjabi delicacy Makki (corn) Roti & Saag, delectable Yogurt Kadhi, Basmati Rice, to name a few. Gurudwara volunteers dedicatedly prepared fresh Vegetable & Paneer Pakoras, Samosas, and Gol Gapey, along with numerous Indian street snacks. A wide array of Indian desserts (mithai), mango kulfi, and mango lassi were perfect for the well-balanced spicy main courses.
United States Congressman from Northern California, Ro Khanna, graced the occasion with his presence and thanked the Sikh community for their immense contribution to the local communities with a commitment to selfless public service (seva). In addressing the attendees, Indian-American Nevada State Assemblyman Reuben D’Silva said, “Sikh community in the valley is very enterprising and shares their cultural heritage with the diverse Las Vegas.” Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom and Las Vegas City Councilwoman Nancy Brune handed the proclamation, signed by the Las Vegas Mayor and the Council, to Gurudwara President Tarsem Singh, declaring April 14th as Vaisakhi Day in Las Vegas.