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Vaisakhi Day celebrates the Punjab harvest time and the anniversary of the Khalsa established in 1699

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Ceremonial Sikh guards at the Ross Street Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) lead out their holy book during Vaisakhi day celebrations April 12, 2014. Vaisakhi Day marks both the New Year and the anniversary of the Khalsa established in 1699.

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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The Sikh holy book the Guru Granth Sahib is taken out of the Ross Street Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) during Vaisakhi day celebrations April 12, 2014 and onto a waiting float. Vaisakhi Day marks both the New Year and the anniversary of the Khalsa established in 1699.

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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Worshipers watch as ceremonial Sikh guards at the Ross Street Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) lead out their holy book during Vaisakhi day celebrations April 12, 2014. Vaisakhi Day marks both the New Year and the anniversary of the Khalsa established in 1699.

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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Worshipers watch as their holy book is taken out to a waiting float during Vaisakhi day celebrations April 12, 2014. Vaisakhi Day marks both the New Year and the anniversary of the Khalsa established in 1699.

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau at the Ross Street Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) during Vaisakhi celebrations April 12, 2014.

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Ceremonial Sikh guards at the Ross Street Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) wait to lead out their holy book the Guru Granth Sahib during Vaisakhi day celebrations April 12, 2014. Vaisakhi Day marks both the New Year and the anniversary of the Khalsa established in 1699.

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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BC Premier Christ Clark at the Ross Street Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) during Vaisakhi celebrations April 12, 2014.

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Worpshipers at the Ross Street Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) pray during Vaisakhi day celebrations April 12, 2014. Vaisakhi Day marks both the New Year and the anniversary of the Khalsa established in 1699.

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau at the Ross Street Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) during Vaisakhi celebrations April 12, 2014.

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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Worpshipers at the Ross Street Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) pray during Vaisakhi day celebrations April 12, 2014. Vaisakhi Day marks both the New Year and the anniversary of the Khalsa established in 1699.

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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Worpshipers at the Ross Street Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) pray during Vaisakhi day celebrations April 12, 2014. Vaisakhi Day marks both the New Year and the anniversary of the Khalsa established in 1699.

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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Worpshipers at the Ross Street Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) pray during Vaisakhi day celebrations April 12, 2014. Vaisakhi Day marks both the New Year and the anniversary of the Khalsa established in 1699.

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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Worshipers watch as ceremonial Sikh guards at the Ross Street Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) lead out their holy book during Vaisakhi day celebrations April 12, 2014. Vaisakhi Day marks both the New Year and the anniversary of the Khalsa established in 1699.

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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The Sikh holy book the Guru Granth Sahib at the Ross Street Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) during Vaisakhi day celebrations April 12, 2014. Vaisakhi Day marks both the New Year and the anniversary of the Khalsa established in 1699.

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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