"there will be a beautiful sunrise eventually"
A Canadian man has gone viral after celebrating receiving his Covid-19 vaccine by performing a Bhangra dance on a frozen lake.
Gurdeep Pandher moved to Canada a decade ago, and lives in a wilderness cabin in Whitehorse in the Yukon.
Whitehorse is Canada’s first capital city to offer Covid-19 vaccines to everyone over the age of 18.
Pandher received his first vaccine dose on Monday, March 1, 2021. He said the process “went wonderfully”.
Pandher has been posting videos of the traditional Indian dance on social media to spread joy during the pandemic.
In an interview about his post-vaccine bhangra videos, Gurdeep Pandher said:
“You know sometimes we see in social media, or other platforms, people are concerned about the vaccine.
“But I did not feel anything like that.
“Then I went to a frozen lake in the Yukon to dance bhangra.
“It was an awesome experience, just to celebrate it and share the joy with the world.”
Since his vaccination, Gurdeep Pandher has been sharing daily videos of himself dancing in an attempt to bring happiness to others.
On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, he released his first bhangra video since being vaccinated.
Yesterday evening I received my Covid-19 vaccine. Then I went to a frozen lake to dance Bhangra on it for joy, hope and positivity, which I'm forwarding across Canada and beyond for everyone's health and wellbeing. pic.twitter.com/8BS0N7zVZK
— Gurdeep Pandher of Yukon (@GurdeepPandher) March 2, 2021
The caption read:
“Yesterday evening I received my Covid-19 vaccine.
“Then I went to a frozen lake to dance bhangra on it for joy, hope and positivity, which I’m forwarding across Canada and beyond for everyone’s health and wellbeing.”
Since the video’s release on Twitter, it has been viewed over 2.8 million times.
Why is Gurdeep Pandher posting Bhangra videos?
Gurdeep Pandher hopes to spread joy to others through bhangra.
Speaking of his bhangra videos, Pandher said:
“I understand that it’s not easy to be positive these days when we have a lot of pressures we have this global pandemic going on.
“It is not easy, and people have really been suffering, but I feel that still, we can find joy if we want to if we think that tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow, things will be better things.
“We are going through a long dark night but there will be a beautiful sunrise eventually, that hope can bring the joy, and just looking forward to that beautiful sunrise can create positivity and it’s important to be positive.
“It doesn’t matter how tough, or hard our life is.”
Gurdeep Pandher’s most recent video came on Friday, March 5, 2021.
It has been four days since I received the Covid-19 vaccine. Many folks have been messaging me to know how I've been feeling now. Therefore, I decided to re-visit the same frozen Lake Laberge to do my positive & joyous Bhangra dance, which explains all. Have a smileful day! pic.twitter.com/UZe2dTGETC
— Gurdeep Pandher of Yukon (@GurdeepPandher) March 5, 2021
The caption read:
“It has been four days since I received the Covid-19 vaccine.
“Many folks have been messaging me to know how I’ve been feeling now.”
“Therefore, I decided to re-visit the same frozen Lake Laberge to do my positive & joyous bhangra dance, which explains all.
“Have a smileful day!”
Gurdeep Pandher’s Bhangra dancing has attracted attention from across Canada and the world.
Pandher has also used his love of the Punjabi dance to create a bhangra video in collaboration with the Canadian Armed Forces.
The video celebrates diversity and inclusion in the ranks of the Armed Forces.