Kern County Celebrates First Sikh Day, Parade Follows

November 20, 2006

Source: KGET TV 17/NBC

The Sikh community celebrated one of the religion’s most important days of the year.

About 5,000 people packed the Rabobank Convention Center over the weekend to pray and celebrate prior to an elaborate parade through downtown Bakersfield.

The Kern County Sikh community celebrated Guru Nanak’s 537th birthday. He’s the founder of the Sikh religion.

“It’s a very exciting day. It’s a celebration of our history and our culture,” said Arvin City Councilwoman-elect Raji Brar.

The day had added significance because Mayor Harvey Hall and the County Board of Supervisors designated Sunday as the first Sikh Day in Kern County.