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Surrey Vaisakhi Celebration w/ FREE food

Let's go to the bigger Vaisakhi celebration this year, too. Surrey hosts a much larger event than Vancouver. Check out the details here:

Vaisakhi is a huge annual Sikh celebration and parade. 

In many ways Sikhism is a beautiful religion in that it specifically focuses on the freedom and equality of all people. Women, for example, have entirely equal status with men in this religion.

To celebrate Vaiksakhi, besides the parade, business and families set up tables on the street and graciously offer free vegetarian food to strangers. The love and graciousness with which the food is often offered is something to experience. And the food is good! Some food is vegan but not all. Ask first if you want to be sure.

The streets are packed with people and there is lots to see--music performances, dancing, the parade and people watching are the main highlights.

We'll meet just outside the temple entrance and start walking the route at 1:30. Since the parade and floats head counter-clockwise on the map, we'll go the opposite way to be able to see them, which is West on 85 Ave, South on 128 St, West on 76 Ave, North on 124 St, East on 82 Ave, and North on 128 St.

Public transit: From Surrey Central Skytrain Station, go to Bay 5, take the 323 or 324 "Newton Exchange" bus. There will be reroutes, so get as close to the temple as possible, probably around 88 Ave. For transit information, call TransLink at[masked] or go to for details.

Parking: Mostly street parking. Some examples: Along 132 St or 128 St, North of 88 Ave. On 84 Ave near 124 St. There will be road blockages around the perimeter of the route.

Washrooms: There is one in the temple and portables along the route.

If we make it to 124 St, they will be packing up by then. It ends around 4pm on the early parts of the route and around 6pm near the Temple area, which is along 128 St, North of 81 Ave.

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  • Raoul B.

    Lovely event ! Amazing to see so many strangers feeding each other with the best that they have to share . It is unfortunate that one only has one stomach on a day like that ! So many missed sampling opportunities ! Here is a video clip of one of my favourite concert performances at the Surrey Vaisakhi fest :

    April 20, 2014

  • Hassan A.

    Interesting to see a crowd of people in colorful clothing assembled at the Temple. variety of food , challenging to taste/eat.

    April 20, 2014

  • Nancy

    Anita and Alan and I were there, but sadly got a bit lost and ended up at the meeting point after the group had left. We didn't stay long because of the cold and rain.

    April 19, 2014

    • Brian

      I'm glad you dropped by to check it out. It got rainy soon after the meetup time

      April 20, 2014

  • Brian Leafy G.

    I'm lame. I wish I was there. Have fun!

    April 19, 2014

  • Kathy H.

    my yes is actually a maybe. if iam not there on time, please assume I am not going and have a good time.

    April 18, 2014

  • Jasbir N.

    Sikhism is based on Equality, liberty and Fraternity.
    It's all about mutual love and respect and severing Humanity specially the Sick and the Poor! Sikhs would be
    Praying for the Happiness and good health of everybody ( Whole Humanity) On this day and would be serving free food to every body! Let us join this big procession of Multiculturalism and enjoy good vegi Food!

    2 · April 4, 2014

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