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Picture of the Day: Centennial Nagar Kirtan in Stockton, CA

"Worshippers sweep California Street near Market Street to clean the ground ahead of a float carrying the Sikh holy book in the annual Sikh Parade through downtown Stockton. Photo By: CLIFFORD OTO/The Record" (source: The Stockton Record)

“Worshippers sweep California Street near Market Street to clean the ground ahead of a float carrying the Sikh holy book in the annual Sikh Parade through downtown Stockton. Photo By: CLIFFORD OTO/The Record” (source: The Stockton Record)

On Sunday, Sikhs in Stockton, California held a Nagar Kirtan (religious procession) through the city as the final celebration of the Centennial festivities of the Stockton Gurdwara Sahib, established 100 years ago:

STOCKTON – The Sikh community came from near and far this weekend to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Stockton Gurdwara – a temple on South Grant Street that holds special meaning, because it represents the first permanent Sikh settlement in the United States.

A weekend of events, including the reading of a state resolution honoring the centennial, culminated Sunday with a colorful parade through downtown Stockton.

Attended by a throng of thousands, the stop-and-go parade was punctuated by martial arts demonstrations, live music and a veritable rolling potluck of sorts.

Read more at The Stockton Record, and view additional photos here.

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4 comments

  1. HS Vachoa

    This event should have been capitalized more by making it beyond the Guruudwara and Nagar Kirtan, in sharing it with other communities as well.

  2. HS Vachoa

    Well leaders or representatives of communities and organization like ADL, CAIR Catholics, Unitarians, Humanists, Athiests, etc should have been invited to attend these events. It should have been shared with other too.

    • I can’t comment on who was or wasn’t invited — there was quite an assortment of people. But, I agree with you, it would have been nice if the Gurdwara did extend invitations to other religious groups.

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