Joining in Khalsa Day

Photo of the blog author By Sanjeet Kaur,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 8 a.m. May 11, 2016

Service members once again joined in Khalsa Day celebrations.

TPS Chief Saunders and event coordinator tying a scarf on the Chief.
A Khalsa Day community liaison ties a scarf on Chief Saunders
  • TPS Chief Saunders and event coordinator tying a scarf on the Chief.
  • Constable Amritpal Kapoor and Colin Mohammad with children from the parade.
  • Toronto Police Officers line up as the Chief enters.
  • Man in TPS uniform at podium

On April 24, the Sikh community celebrated the birth of Khalsa with a grand celebration in the city. 

More than 85,000 Torontonians participated in the annual parade to celebrate the Sikh New Year. The parade commenced at the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place with many colourful floats and five “beloved ones” holding the Sikh and Canadian flags.  

The original five beloved Panj Pyare played a vital role in the shaping Sikh history and defining Sikhism.

This was the first time that Chief Mark Saunders attended the parade as Toronto’s top cop. 

“I am very delighted to be invited to this event and it’s an atmosphere that I thoroughly enjoy,” he said.

Community organizers thanked Saunders for his participation and presented him with a plaque.

A total of 50 uniformed officers from various divisions and five Auxiliary members joined approximately 120 marshals on the parade route.  

Hundreds of people lined the route offering free food and drinks to passers-by.  

The Sikhs call this the act of langar, or free kitchens.  

Langar is the term used in the Sikh religion for the common kitchen/canteen where food is served in a Gurdwara to all the visitors (without distinction of background) for free.

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