Huge Baisakhi Celebrations Planned for April 4 India Journal - South Asian News for Southern California LOS ANGELES, CA - Baisakhi Day is celebrated each year in the Sikh Community of Southern California with an exquisite Kirtan Darbar and royal Nagar Kirtan. Baisakhi Day commemorates the day in 1699 when the 10th of the Sikh Gurus, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, established the Khalsa Panth. This year the Sikh Community of Southern California will host its annual Baisakhi Day Celebration at the Los Angeles Convention Center here, April 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This year’s theme, “Khalsa Mero Satigur Poor” is befitting the beginning of a new decade. The program is a collaborative effort of service and participation from many of the Gurdwaras from Southern California. The day’s events begin with a special Asa di Var Kirtan program, performed by Bhai Kultar Singh Jetha, beginning at 4:00 a.m. at Guru Ram Das Ashram in Los Angeles. It will be followed by a motorcycle Police escort of Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and a caravan of sangat-member cars to the Los Angeles Convention Center at 7:00 a.m. Children’s groups from various gurdwaras, kirtans inlcuding by guest kirtanee Bhai Kultar Singh and Jetha at 1:00 p.m. will be held through the day. Guru ka Langar will be served throughout the day. The Kirtan Darbar will be followed by a 2 mile Nagar Kirtan Parade beginning at 3:00 p.m. The parade will feature many decorative floats with special themes representing Sikh history, faith and culture. The Sikh Dharma Guru Ram Das Ashram Community will also be hosting an Amrit Sanchar ceremony for all individuals interested in renewing their Khalsa vows and commitment to live as Khalsa. This will be held on April 3.