Sikhs Celebrate Community Spirit

November 2, 2009

Author: Ben van der Meer

Source: Appeal-Democrat

Yuba City's population doubled Sunday, and gained a higher appreciation for curry, as thousands of Sikhs from across California and elsewhere descended on the Sikh Temple Gurdwara for an afternoon parade that culminated a weekend of events celebrating the India-based religion.

An estimated 75,000 people filled Tierra Buena and Butte House roads before the beginning of the parade, one of the largest annual gatherings of Sikhs anywhere outside Asia.

"Nowhere else can we have an event like this for our people," said Nitoj Singh, who came from Castro Valley with his mother, Kay Singh, to the parade. "There's just a level of comfort here."

The Yuba City Nagar Kirtan and Sikh Parade, in its 30th iteration this year, is a community celebration of Sikhism, attendees said.