Vaisakhi celebrations continue across the United States

Sikhs around the country are continuing to celebrate Vaisakhi and are opening up to their local communities in the process:

(Photo: Robert Phillips/Lansing State Journal)

(Photo: Robert Killips/Lansing State Journal)

Lansing, Michigan: Last weekend, the Guru Nanak Sikh Center in Lansing, Michigan organized their seventh annual Nagar Kirtan through downtown Lansing, which included an estimated 2,000 people from around the Midwest to celebrate Vaisakhi, as reported in the Lansing State Journal:

Attendees came from as far away as Wisconsin, Ohio and Illinois for the largest Sikh harvest and religious celebration in the Midwest, said Harjinder Khaira, who has traveled from Chicago to the event since it began seven years ago.

One may lament the depth and quality of the reporting in the article, but it does include a vivid a slideshow of the celebration.

(Photo: Matthew Hinton/The Times Picayune)

(Photo: Matthew Hinton/The Times Picayune)

New Orleans, Louisiana: Scant on details of the celebration in New Orleans, the Times-Picayune provides a gallery of photos showing the Nagar Kirtan in this city also known as “The Big Easy”.  The procession took place outside of the Gurdwara Sahib New Orleans:

Gurdwara Sahib New Orleans received 8 feet of water after the levee failures in August 2005 and was rebuilt in 2006.

There is an interesting story related to this Gurdwara about the recovery of the Guru Granth Sahib (the Sikh scriptures) in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Lynden, Washington: Just south of the Canadian border, the small community of Lynden, Washington will be celebrating Vaisakhi this weekend, which will include an open house to members of the public.


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