The Yorkton Sikh community held a fundraising barbecue recently as part of their celebration of Vaisakhi: the Sikh New Year. According to Himmat Singh Dhillon one of the organizers Vaisakhi is one of the most important dates on the Sikh calendar. It marks the start of the Sikh New Year, but it is also a day to celebrate founding of Khalsa Panth in 1699 – the year Sikhusm was born as a collective faith. It is celebrated on either Apr. 13 or 14 each year. In terms of history Vaisakhi has been a harvest festival in Punjab an area of northern India. In 1699, Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji chose the festival as the moment to establish the ‘Khalsa’ which is the name given to Sikhs who’ve been baptised. Farmers in Punjab will use Vaisakhu as an opportunity to give thanks for a plentiful harvest and pray for a good one in the year to come and serve langar to express their happiness. The Practice of langar, or free kitchen, was first started by Sikh’s first Guru, Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. It was designed to uphold the principle of equality between all the people regardless of religion, caste, colour, creed, age, gender, or social status. Everyone is welcome to eat Langar. It was first time ever in Yorkton, SK that the Sikh community came out to serve langar on the occasion of Vaisakhi. People from the Sikh community came together to prepare and serve free food. They also fundraised through the effort for the Humboldt Broncos as a way to show their support.