SPEECH: Vaisakhi – Sikh 14th April 2017


Vaisakhi – Sikh 14th April 2017

I extend Labor's best wishes to Sikh communities in Australia and around the world celebrating Vaisakhi. Vaisakhi celebrates the beginning of the harvest season and commemorates the formation of Khalsa Panth, the baptism of five Sikh men who offered to uphold and preserve the Sikh faith by sacrificing their lives and establishing a spiritual community. During Vaisakhi, a day of remembrance, friends and family come together to read sacred texts, enjoy festive foods and socialise with loved ones. The teachings of Sikhism promote equality, unity, meaningful interactions and respect. These are values which are entrenched in the Australian story and enhance our experience of a modern, multicultural Australian society.

Tony Burke