The Sikh community of Southern California came together for one of the largest Baisakhi celebrations at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 8th 2018 that saw nearly 25,000 people attending the festivities full of devotion and exuberance.
The Sikh Dharma of Southern California along with the Guru Ram Das Ashram and Gurudwaras from Central and Southern California participated in some way through organizing langars, prayers, chants, decorations and the (nagar kirtan) float parade of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
The kirtan started at 7 a.m., which included spiritual and devotional songs and music performances by various groups like children’s, youth and women’s Jathas, as well as Ragi Kiran Jathas. Apart from the spiritual programs, the committee also organized a bazaar which had beautiful paintings, jewelry, books, keertan CDs and indian fashion clothes for sale.
The event included an honorary ceremony during which “Spirit of Baisakhi Awards” were presented to dignitaries for their contribution towards the Sikh community. These awardees were Congresswoman Judy Chu. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Internationally renowned teacher, author and spiritual leader Bhai Sahiba Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa, “Bibiji”, the beloved wife of Yogi Bhajan.
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The best surprise parties are well thought-out, involve only a few people in the beginning stages, and, clearly are a total secret! With the following guide, your guest of honor will remember this party for a long time.
Here are a few Ways to Plan a Great Surprise Party
Shhhhhh!– First rule of thumb is to not say a word. It sounds obvious to not tell the party person about their surprise, but trust us – It can be the most difficult.
Give Clear Instructions in the Invitation – One of the biggest obstacles is trusting the guests to join you with zipping their lips so as not to give away the surprise. Make it understood by the surprise party invitations that the party is a surprise and not to leak a word of it to the party guest of honor.
Venue possibilities- The home of another friend – it’s cheerful, and access is stress-free.
Party outdoors – think beach, the woods, a garden. Outdoors is a nice change of scene for the surprisee. Book a private function room – you or the venue can have the food and refreshments catered.
Smile – Don’t go through trouble of making the perfect surprise party and then forget to arrange to take pictures at the perfect time or to get a video of the moment the surprise is revealed. Get ready to capture the moment of surprise by the surprised look on their face as soon as the happy moment is revealed with the door opening and everyone shouting, “Surprise!”
Relax and Enjoy the Party – Even when you follow the best-laid back plan, sometimes the guest of honor knows what is going on before it happens or a glitch gets in the way and your cover is blown. You’ve put your heart and soul into this amazing moment, so relax and enjoy the party!