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Picture of the Day: Sikhs hold first-ever Nagar Kirtan in Turlock, CA

"First Nagar Kirtan at the Sikh Temple in Turlock, Ca. on Sunday afternoon (06-24-12). - Dr. Ram Saini/Sikh Temple - Dr. Ram Saini" (source: modbee.com)

“First Nagar Kirtan at the Sikh Temple in Turlock, Ca. on Sunday afternoon (06-24-12). – Dr. Ram Saini/Sikh Temple – Dr. Ram Saini” (source: modbee.com)

Sikhs in the central California city of Turlock held their first ever Nagar Kirtan (religious procession) last Sunday:

Last week, backers of Sunday’s parade said they anticipated 1,000 or more people. According to Harinder Grewal, more than 2,000 people came to see the noontime parade at the Sikh temple. “It was a huge success,” Grewal said.

…Grewal said the plan is to make the parade an annual event, with next year’s expanding beyond this year’s, with a bigger route and more people, both from within the faith and from other cultures.”

Not long ago, Turlock’s Sikhs held a large Sikh-awareness event in their local Gurdwara, and it seems they are making an effort to reach out to their community. Read more and see additional photos about the Nagar Kirtan at the Modesto Bee.

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