Since time-immemorial, Indians (especially Sikhs) have been living in Canada. Sikhs believe in giving and receiving love to create a prosperous and peaceful life. Sikhs are most powerful warriors amongst all communities but are lovers of peace as preached by their revered 10 Gurus. Earlier, there used to be stringent rules in Sikh families in terms of marriages. The Sikhs mandatorily married their children in Punjab state only with their well-known relatives (the Desi Weddings). But now, due to modern lifestyles, some of the Sikh families have granted flexibility to their children to marry according to their own preferences. Now, their children can marry someone they desire. This has promoted love marriages amongst the Sikh/Punjabi community. They can now even marry their western pals.
The Khalsa Diwan Society- It is the first, and oldest surviving religious society in North America (the first Sikh establishment in British Columbia) which was established in 1902. There is a Gurudwara (Sikh temple) which dates from 1969. Since then, it has played an important role in 20th-century in providing migrants an early support and the feeling of community. The Wedding support was also provided by the Society and some of the Sikh families even now consider the Society’s matrimonial advice.
Sikh wedding rituals (practiced in Canada)
The following are the typical Punjabi traditions and rituals which are performed similarly in Canada