Sikhism

In Chicago, Sikhs Celebrate Founder's Birthday

April 24, 2004

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0404240157apr24,1,1738359.story?coll=chi-newslocalchicago-hed

On April 24, 2004 The Chicago Tribune reported, "Sikhs from around the world will gather this weekend in Island Lake at a humble white clapboard temple that once was a Methodist Church to pay tribute to a prophet. Thousands are expected to convene in the northern...

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New Jersey Gov. Proclaims Vaisakhi Day

April 23, 2004

Source: News India-Times

http://desitalk.newsindia-times.com/2004/04/23/nj16-top.html

On April 23, 2004 News India-Times reported, "Recognizing the contribution of the Sikh American community to the state and the nation, New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey issued a proclamation naming April 14 Vaisakhi Day in New Jersey, and sent the community a 'a message of recognition, hope and good wishes.' 'As a gateway to our great nation, New Jersey is continuously...

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It's Food by the Ton for Nation's Largest Sikh Day Parade

April 23, 2004

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/boroughs/story/186383p-161452c.html

On April 23, 2004 New York Daily News reported, "From this afternoon until sunrise tomorrow, many Sikhs in Richmond Hill will stay up stirring simmering pots of rice, rolling dough and slicing vegetables. With 8 tons of food to prepare for tomorrow's Sikh Day Parade, there will be no time for sleep... The Sikh Day Parade, the largest in the nation, will begin at 1 p.m...

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Photographer Talks About His Book Depicting "Living Faith"

April 22, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/144/story_14482_1.html

On April 22, 2004 Beliefnet.com posted an interview with Dinesh Khanna about his photographic documentation of India in his new book, Living Faith. The article reported, "A decade ago, photographer Dinesh Khanna set out to record his fellow Indians' everyday lives and the country's kaleidescopic culture. Two collections have come out of his journey: 'Bazaar' (2001) and his new book, '...

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Despite Vandalism, Fresno Sikhs See Increase in Tolerance

April 20, 2004

Source: The Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/local/v-hp-am-top/story/8457702p-9293145c.html

On April 20, 2004 The Fresno Bee reported, "Gurvinder Gandu wears his turban without fear of insult. He says the community is more tolerant now than a year ago, when hate crimes toward Sikhs, Arabs and Muslims spiked nationwide during the war in Iraq. Other Sikhs say the public has a much better understanding of their religion since the war and after the...

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Charges Against Sikh for Carrying Kirpan Dismissed

April 20, 2004

Source: Sikhnet

http://www.sikhnet.com/s/SCKirpanDismiss

On April 20, 2004 Sikhnet reported, "On April 13th a prosecutor for New York City dropped charges against a Sikh for wearing a kirpan. Kashmir Singh, of Carteret, New Jersey, was charged in February 2004 for violating New York City's administrative code by carrying his kirpan. A trial was scheduled on April 13th at Midtown Community Court in New York. Due to the Coalition's intervention, the prosecution dropped the kirpan...

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Sikh Fair Strengthens Interracial Ties, Defense Minister Says

April 19, 2004

Source: The Straits Times

http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/singapore/story/0,4386,246514,00.html?

On April 19, 2004 The Straits Times reported, "They wrestled, tumbled and even slapped each other's faces, all in fun. They were playing an ancient Indian game that requires a player to enter his opponents' turf, touch one of them and race back to the line dividing both sides, while chanting 'kabaddi'. Whoever he touches has to stop him from escaping by...

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Fresno Sikhs Celebrate New Year

April 19, 2004

Source: Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/local/religion/story/8457651p-9293134c.html

On April 19, 2004 Fresno Bee reported, "Vaisakhi commemorates the Sikh New Year, which is based on the Khalsa nation founded by Guru Gobind Singh more than 300 years ago. Vaisakhi also marks harvest season in Punjab, homeland to Sikhs in South Asia. In Selma, nearly 2,000 Sikhs celebrated with a service at the Sikh Temple of the Pacific Coast, the parade (nagar...

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Chicago Sikhs Celebrate Baisakhi Day

April 18, 2004

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/photos/chi-0404190097apr19,0,1659134.story

On April 18, 2004 Newsday reported, "Barefoot and wearing colorful turbans, nearly 200 Sikhs gathered in a temple above a carpeting store on the Far North Side for Baisakhi Day, which celebrates the triumph over fear of death and the founding of the Khalsa Panth as an independent religion. Men and boys, and women and girls on...

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Commentary: Why I Became a Sikh

April 17, 2004

Source: The Register-Guard

http://www.registerguard.com/news/2004/04/17/f4.rel.trimcol.0417.html

On April 17, 2004 The Register-Guard published an article by Siri Kaur Khalsa-Harris on why he became a Sikh. He writes: "It never has been easy to be a Sikh. Our history reads like an action-packed novel of genocide, torture, bigotry and betrayal, along with natural disasters, famine and plagues that continue to this day. Perhaps the most daunting - at...

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SCORE Encourages Sikhs to Take Vaisakhi Off

April 15, 2004

Source: Sikhnet

http://www.sikhnet.com/s/SCOREVaisakhi

On April 15, 2004 Sikhnet reported, "Washington: Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE) requests Sikhs to take a day off from work and celebrate Vaisakhi with their family. We encourage everyone to share the importance of this day with other people by taking the below letter to schools attended by Sikh children and to our workplaces. This will provide us an opportunity to educate fellow workers, fellow students and...

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