Starting this Friday, Sikhs in Yuba City, California will be holding festivities in celebration of the birth of Sikhism’s founder, Guru Nanak, who was born in 1469 in what is now Pakistan:
Temple member Paul Purewal said preparations for the parade began four months ago but started in earnest about two weeks ago. About 20,000 people are expected to attend Friday’s fireworks, and 30,000 people are anticipated to attend Saturday’s event with between 40,000 and 60,000 people at the parade Sunday.
“The whole community is invited. Everyone is welcome,” Purewal said. “Come and try the food. You’ll be amazed.”
The weekend’s celebrations will culminate in Yuba City’s 32nd annual nagar kirtan (religious procession) – considered one of the largest in the country – on Sunday. It had rained during last year’s procession, and while the forecast doesn’t look promising for sunny skies this weekend, here’s hoping that the weather holds for the Sikhs and non-Sikhs from the community and beyond who enjoy this well-received event every year.