Guru Nanak Sikh Temple celebrates Vaisakhi with flag-raising ceremony

Editor’s note: We updated this story with the correct name of the temple. We regret the error.

For a second time this month, Vaisakhi was officially celebrated Saturday at Williams Lake’s other Sikh temple on Mackenzie Avenue, the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple.

Dozens of Sikh and lakecity community members turned out to raise the temple’s flag and officially celebrate the Punjabi New Year.

The event capped off a week of prayer and shared meals at the temple leading up to the weekend celebrations.

Despite a reduction in temple members since the 2017 wildfires and reduced job prospects in the area, the community still remains committed to gathering to celebrate their traditions.

READ MORE: Flag raised for Vaisakhi in Williams Lake

Every year for Vaisakhi the temple changes out its flag covering to wash so they can refresh the pole and prepare it for the next 365 days.

Afterwards, attendees celebrate with a traditional meal in the temple.

While the weather was temperamental on Saturday the ceremony was blessed by relatively clear skies and sunshine throughout the proceedings.

For future celebrations, anyone is welcome to attend regardless of faith.


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Members of the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple sing at Vaisakhi celebrations at their temple in Williams Lake. Patrick Davies Photo.

Community members of all ages turned out for the Vaisakhi celebrations at Guru Nanak Sikh Temple off Mackenzie Avenue. Patrick Davies Photo.

Members of the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple temple process towards the flag raising ceremony. Patrick Davies Photo.

Members of the Panj Pyare, the Five Beloved Ones, lead a procession to the flag raising ceremony with their ceremonial swords drawn. Patrick Davies Photo.

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