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Picture of the Day: Stockton, CA Nagar Kirtan

"Members of the California Gatka Dal perform a demonstration of the Sikh martial art of Gatka during Sunday’s annual Sikh parade in Stockton.CLIFFORD OTO/The Record" (source: recordnet.com)

"Members of the California Gatka Dal perform a demonstration of the Sikh martial art of Gatka during Sunday’s annual Sikh parade in Stockton.CLIFFORD OTO/The Record" (source: recordnet.com)

Thousands reportedly participated in yesterday’s Nagar Kirtan in Stockton, California to celebrate Vaisakhi. This procession included participation by the Sri Dasmesh Malaysian Sikh Band, who also participated in the Nagar Kirtan held Saturday in San Jose, California.

In October, the Sikh community in Stockton will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of their Gurdwara – the first in America:

“This Gurudwara holds historical significance, Gadri Baba (Gadri Baba Mangu Ram Muggowalia), who established the Gurdwara in 1912, he also fought for the freedom struggle of India. The 100 years of the Gurdwara would be celebrated in October and the celebrations will continue for a year. This procession is also being taken out to celebrate 100 years of this Gurdwara. In October 2012 a big programme would be organised on the east and the west coast. The final programme is dedicated to the Gadri Baba,” said Hardeep Singh, a Sikh devotee.

He informed that the century celebrations would be observe on October 14 this year.

The Gurdwara in Stockton is, in certain ways, the Sikhs’ Plymouth Rock and is a monument to our earliest settlers to this country.
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