Whether you’re celebrating Vaisakhi at a Sikh religious parade, at a temple with family, or at home contemplating the new year (it’s the Hindu solar new year too), you’ll need clothing and tunes to prepare. Enter our Vaisakhi Celebration Guide.
Celebrating the New Year, harvest and religious events means colour, and lots of it.
Do: Opt for cotton pajami suits in bold prints (florals are everywhere), a silk salwar kameez with thick, bright borders or lace, or even a modest silk sari with a long sleeved blouse as seen at the Delhi and Lakme Fashion Weeks recently (think Sabyasachi, Anamika Khanna and Vikram Phadnis). From Left to Right: Lakhany Pakistani Pajami Suit, Vikram Phadnis Summer Resort 2012, Pink Kalidar Suit by Aneesh Agarwaal.
Don’t: Wearing a crystal studded lengha or cropped top choli to the temple just doesn’t say class at Vaisakhi. Leave simple cream and white suits at home and bring out the prints and bright Spring colours.
Prepare for rain, even if the forecast is sun. Think trench coats or rain jackets layered over a pajami suit, salwar kameez, or sweater and bright, coloured jeans (pastel or jewel tones will do just fine). Ensure you have a hood on your jacket or waterproof dupatta on hand – leave the umbrellas at home. They’ll just interfere with your hand shaking and chole bhature eating.
Our pick: Run to the closest Superstore, Loblaws or Joe Fresh store for an inexpensive Hooded Anorak in bright, festive red for $49. They also have a Tech Windbreaker at $39 too. JoeFresh.com
If you’ve got a Vaisakhi party planned, you’ll need some good Bhangra beats to get the party started. The “Desi Warehouse Mix” by BBC Asian Network’s SonnyJi, is a great 35 minute mix of Bollywood, Bhangra and House – with a little bit of vintage RDB (early 2000s Untouchables stuff) and Tiger Style in there too.
“Desi Warehouse Mix” by SonnyJi on SoundCloud.com.
A little Bluesy, House/Jazz/Indian music from BlackMahal always gets us in the mood to dance. “Black, Gold and Silver (Lombardi Baby)” is weird, but we like it.
“Black, Gold and Silver (Lombardi Baby)” by BlackMahal on SoundCloud.com.
The Dr. Zeus/Kanika Kapoor rendition of “Jugni Ji” isn’t the best out there, but it’s catchy with its mix of folk lyrics and Hip Hop beats. Yes, it’s a rip-off the Arif Lohar/Meesha collaboration with Coke Studio, but we’ll pretend we don’t know that while bopping our heads to this tune.
Happy Vaisakhi from everyone at Jugni Style.