Sikh March Carries Message of Peace, Unity

October 12, 2008

Author: Cynthia Hubert

Source: The Sacramento Bee

As much of the rest of the world roiled with tension, thousands of people marched the streets of Sacramento on Saturday in the name of peace and unity.

Downtown residents in jeans and sweat shirts peered from their balconies and porches as men in turbans and women in colorful saris made their way from Southside Park to the state Capitol.

The occasion was a celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Sikh Holy Scripture, 1,430 pages of poetry in 31 different meters that calls for interfaith understanding and harmony.

"We want to show the world that this is the way that we all can live. The world needs this kind of unity," said Darshan Singh Mundy of the Interfaith Bureau of Sacramento, which sponsored the event along with the Sikh Gurdwaras, or temples, of the Sacramento Valley.