Sikh Community Hosting Sacramento Valley's Largest Devotional & Cultural Celebration This Weekend

October 30, 2006

Source: SikhNet News

The 27th annual worldwide gathering of Sikhs in Yuba City begins this week. An estimated 60,000 Sikhs are expected to gather for a weekend of devotion and celebration.

In California, Sikhs from Temples or Gurdwaras in Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, Fresno, San Jose, El Sobrante, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, San Jose, Fremont, San Diego and Orange County are preparing floats for the Sikh Parade and making preparations to attend.

It is customary and almost fitting that Sikhs return to Yuba City to celebrate the commemoration of the receipt of the Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh Holy Book) in 1708, presented by the Sikhs tenth and final Guru (spiritual teacher) Gobind Singh as a perpetual spiritual guide. "People of all races, religions and gender are invited to join with the Sikh community to share in the message of universal love and brotherhood / sisterhood as taught in the Guru Granth Sahib," said Didar Singh Bains, President, Sikh Temple Gurdwara Yuba City.

"This event is important for our youngsters", said Jaswant Singh Bains, Director, Sikh Temple Gurdwara. "We teach values that will make our youngsters productive members of society. Sikhism teaches community service, hard work, honesty and respect. I think any community would value those character traits", added Bains.