Throughout the world Vaisakhi day celebrations take place annually in April commemorating Amritsanchar, the creation and initiation of Khalsa in 1699. In many locations Sikhs gather for Nagar Kirtan and parade through the streets with Siri Guru Granth Sahib, as they sing devotional hymns. The distinctive appearance of the Khalsa often arouses the curiosity of spectators.
Many Sikh youth attend gurmat camps which offer instruction in the Khalsa way of life. The words to a marching song popular in Khalsa training camps comment on the Khalsa identity and the way we stand out, "Everywhere we go - people want to know - who we are...".
Who are we? We are the Khalsa, brotherhood of the pure, soul sisters, wedded brides of Waheguru, slayers of duality, anhad warriors battling the inner voices of ego, champions of the defenseless, the knights of Ik Onkar.