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Picture of the Day: Utah’s Sikh community

People eat during a communal lunch that follows the Sikhs of Utah worship service at the Sikh Temple in Taylorsville on April 22, 2012. (Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune | sltrib.com)

"People eat during a communal lunch that follows the Sikhs of Utah worship service at the Sikh Temple in Taylorsville on April 22, 2012." (Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune | sltrib.com)

The Salt Lake Tribune, a newspaper based in Salt Lake City, Utah, provides a profile of Utah’s growing Sikh population:

There are an estimated 250 Sikh families in Utah, or about 800 to 1,000 people, and their numbers have been growing since a handful of families arrived in the 1980s.

Sikhs are respected members of the community, worshipping and working alongside their neighbors of all backgrounds. In Utah, they are engineers, executives and entrepreneurs. In fact, local leaders say, Sikhs own more than 50 7-Eleven franchises in the state.

Two weeks ago, the Sikh Temple of Utah in Taylorsville celebrated completion of a major renovation, doubling the sanctuary’s size.

Taylorsville, Utah, is a suburb of Salt Lake City, which is known more for its Mormon population than its Sikh one, but it is nice to see the Sikh community thriving there.  The Sikh Temple of Utah website is at http://www.sikhtempleofutah.com/.

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