Premier John Horgan has said that people in B.C. and around the world are coming together to celebrate Vaisakhi, one of the holiest holidays in the Sikh faith.

“For over a century, B.C. has been shaped by the Sikh people who have helped build this province. Today, B.C. is home to one of the largest Sikh populations outside India.

“Vibrant community events and Khalsa Day parades around the province honour the creation of the Khalsa and the values of inclusion, generosity, peace, equality and justice.

“It is a celebration of human rights, compassion and the belief that everyone should be free from oppression, discrimination and prejudice, regardless of gender, race, sexuality or identity. It is also a time for Sikhs to practice sewa — selfless community service.

“Our lives are enriched every day by the inclusive, multicultural province we are so lucky to live in.

“Vaisakhi celebrations are an opportunity for everyone to come together, experience the generosity of the Sikh community and share in delicious food, great entertainment and colourful festivities.

“Our government will always champion human rights, diversity and inclusion, and work to make life better for every person, in every community.

“On behalf of the Government of British Columbia, to everyone who is celebrating: Happy Vaisakhi!

“Vaisakhi Diyan Lakh Lakh Vadhaiyan!”