Last week, I sat on a panel discussion at an interfaith seminary in Berkeley, California, in front of a class of chaplaincy students where we discussed interfaith work at the ground level and the implications of that work. I participated on this panel on behalf of the Sikh Coalition as a representative of the Sikh faith. Four other panel members represented various Christian traditions and interfaith organizations. I had gone to this event with the hopes to educate the class […]
I often reflect on the parallels between Sikh philosophy and that which inspired the founding of America. Dylan Kaplan writes in the Washington Post about his experience visiting a Gurdwara in Rockville, Maryland during celebrations for Guru Nanak’s birthday, and observes the same: How many countries in the world have a Sikh community that is so committed to bringing different people together that they would invite a Pakistani Muslim to speak on their most religious holiday? The founding fathers would […]
Today, Sikhs across the world are celebrating the birth of Guru Nanak (the founder of Sikhism and the first in a line of ten Sikh Gurus in human form), who was born in 1469. The Guru of the Sikhs today is the Sikh holy book called the Guru Granth Sahib, which contains over 970 of Guru Nanak’s verses. The religion that sprouted from his following became Sikhism, but Guru Nanak is highly regarded among Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist communities as […]
Last Sunday was Yuba City, California’s 32nd annual Sikh Parade, a nagar kirtan (religious procession) to celebrate the birth of Guru Nanak (the founder of Sikhism) in 1469. It rained during last year’s procession, and rained on Satruday, so there was some concern that it would do so again during the procession this year. However, the weather held on Sunday, and the only thing that fell from the sky were rose petals from a helicopter overhead: None compares in size or scope to the annual Sikh Parade […]
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 […]
I sometimes wonder what young generations today will think looking back when they are my age. Will they have the same sense of nostalgia and appreciation for the communal celebrations such as Thanksgiving, Diwali and the religious holidays that cause us to pause, gather together and reflect in our busy lives? I certainly hope so. — so writes Nirmal Singh, in his Op-Ed piece in Pennsylvania’s Patriot News, in which he reflects on the religious and cultural events that he […]
“We’re here to pass on as much information as we can to share our community with our heritage and our tradition with the rest of our American brothers and sisters,” Manvinder Singh said. In addition to their donation to Poverello House, Sikhs in Fresno held their parade yesterday to celebrate the birth of Guru Nanak. The weather wasn’t great, but apparently the turnout was. Check out the video from a local TV station.
A gurpurab is the term used for the celebration by Sikhs of an anniversary related to the lives of any of the Sikh Gurus. This past weekend was the gurpurab of the birth of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism who was born in 1469 in present-day Pakistan. President Obama offered his greetings to Sikhs for this occasion, and for the second year in a row, the White Host hosted an event to commemorate the birth of Guru Nanak. Interestingly: […]