First time Vaisakhi Celebration In New Zealand Parliament 2016

 

First ever Vibrant & heartwarming Vaisakhi celebration in Beehive (New Zealand). Woman Care Trust got the opportunity to be an integral part of this auspicious occasion. There were 11 members of the Woman Care Trust Gidha Team who participated in the celebration of Punjabi festival “Vaiskahi” in Parliament at Wellington on 12thApril 2016.

In the north (Punjab), however, it is celebrated with great energy and enthusiasm, as Vaisakhi. Sikhism is a faith founded on the principles of equality, freedom of religion, and community service. As the fifth-largest religion in the world, one of the core teachings of the Sikh religion and tradition is that all Sikhs must cultivate spirituality while also serving the communities around them. It teaches that the role and significance of the community is not limited to the political domain but emphasises the central roles that communities play in shaping our spiritual journeys. It encourages practitioners to seek out intentional communities that share the same ethical values and spiritual commitments. Sikhs, both men and women, cover their uncut hair with a turban, which represents a commitment to equality and justice.

Attended by 300 people, the circular banquet hall of parliament was a jam packed venue that witnessed the who’s who of Punjabi Community across the country. The Gidha team was overwhelmed to perform at the celebration where our Prime Minister, John Key was the Chief Guest of the occasion followed by other 30 ministers who witnessed the grand celebration. They all really enjoyed the Gidha performance and captured lot of photos with the gidha team.  Our ladies felt very proud to be framed in a picture along with our honorable Prime Minister and other ministers of the Parliament. The energetic, enthusiastic performance and colorful traditional clothes of the gidha team was breath holding moment for the crowd. This was a big success in the history of Woman Care Trust, where we achieved our aim of spreading diversity of Punjabi Culture, preserve our cultural heritage , keep our upcoming generation attached to our culture , an opportunity for the Punjabi’s living out of their country to celebrate their festivals.

This was a big event, all famous Punjabi Media in Auckland covered the function, Punjab Spectrum showed live event and lots of photos updated by all other newspapers.

A big thank you from Gidha Team to chairperson of Baljit Dheil for successfully applying funding for booking their air tickets to Wellington, Accommodation in Wellington, transfers from Airport to Hotel. Baljit Dheil paid for the meals of the Gidha Team during their whole stay in Wellington. There were some ladies from the Gidha team who had never travelled outside Auckland, stayed in any Hotel or had Dine out in New Zealand. The next day of the function all ladies went out explore Wellington so, this trip gave them a wonderful experience and left them with beautiful memories.

Woman Care Trust ladies are motivated from the appreciation they got from everyone who attended that function and are boost up to participate and show their talent in the similar events for community development.