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By Helena Adeloju

A Sikh historical and religious New Year’s festival will be celebrated for the first time in Cardinia this month.
The event will be hosted by the IACC on Sunday 23 April at the Pakenham Library.
President of the Indian Association Cardinia Casey, Aanchal Meshram said Baisakhi was an iconic Indian cultural celebration.
“Baisakhi marks the Sikh New Year and commemorates the formation of Khalsa panth of warriors under Guru Gobind Singh in 1699,” she said.
“It is also spring harvest festival for the Sikhs.”
The evening will feature cultural performances by various groups showcasing Punjabi culture as well as games and activities for kids.
Ms Meshram said the IACC was passionate about sharing Indian culture with the wider community.
“We would like to celebrate Baisakhi with the people of Cardinia and Casey and showcase the Sikh culture,” she said.
Nearly 250 people are expected to attend the festival celebration which includes a buffet meal of traditional Indian cuisine in the price of entry.
Ms Meshram said Casey and Cardinia residents were very welcome to join in the cultural celebrations.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from House 4 Spices, Heritage Springs, Pakenham.
For more information, contact Baisakhi event co-ordinator Vinny Bajwa 0433 836 421 or visit the website http://www.iacc.org.au/

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