Prince Charles released a video message Monday to convey his "lakh lakh vaidhaiyan" to the Sikh community in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth on the occasion of Vaisakhi, and praised the "selfless service" of the Sikh community in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic .
The 71-year-old heir to the British throne, who had recovered from his COVID-19 diagnosis last month, said he could only imagine the "great sadness" since the event could not be celebrated in the usual way since he was the crucial role praised by the community played on the front line of the crisis. & # 39;
"In these challenging times, the Sikh community is making an extraordinary and invaluable contribution to the life of this country and to so many others, as it has always done," he said in his message, which he opens with Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh ".
The King continues to wish Sikhs a "happy, safe, and peaceful" Vaisakhi as the festival that celebrates the birth of the Khalsa and speaks of all the heartwarming reports from different faith communities that join together to offer mutual support and friendship to these challenges.
In the message from his Clarence House office, he states: "In the UK, as elsewhere, Sikhs play an important role in the front of this crisis, be it in hospitals or other key roles, or through the remarkable work that is being done by Gurdwaras to support local communities and the most vulnerable.
"In all of this, it seems to me that Sikhs wonderfully embody the values on which Guru Nanak founded your religion over five centuries ago: hard work, respect and selfless service for those who are less fortunate than you."
He said that both he and his wife, Camilla – Duchess of Cornwall, are grateful for all "outstanding efforts" by the Sikh community.
"At the same time, I know that many of you personally suffer from the cruel effects of this harmful virus or have tragically lost those you love. I can only say that my heart is running out in such difficult circumstances." he said.
Vaisakhi will not be featured with the usual large gatherings and melas in different parts of the UK this year as the community is asked to remain safe from the coronavirus pandemic as all events are canceled.
London's annual Vaisakhi on the Square in Trafalgar Square, scheduled for next Saturday, has been canceled.
A similar mega vaisakhi event in Handsworth Park, Birmingham, one of the cities with the largest Sikh population in the UK, is canceled during the closure. The celebrations in Leicester, Southall and Gravesend were also canceled.
Events at annual Vaisakhi events, including colorful Nagar Kirtans street processions that supply the community with langars, and cultural activities such as Gatka's traditional Sikh martial arts have been replaced with a focus on community service to help the vulnerable during the block.
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