Sikhism

Bandi Chhor Divas: Celebrating the Liberation of the Sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind - World Religion News

October 31, 2016
THE SIKH COMMEMORATION OF BANDI CHHOR DIVAS, PRISONER RELEASE DAY, COINCIDES WITH THE HINDU CELEBRATION OF DIWALI. Bandi Chhor Divas is an important celebration in the Sikh community. Bandi Chhor Divas literally translates to “prisoner’ release day.” Sikhs commemorate this day as the day of liberation for their Sixth Guru Hargobind Sahib along with 52 Hindu political prisoners detained during the reign of Mughal Emperor Jahangir.

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New California Law to Prevent Bullying of Sikh and Muslim Students - World Religion News

October 21, 2016
CA Governor Jerry Brown signs Safe Place to Learn Act to protect Muslim and Sikh students from bullying. The aim of the Safe Place to Learn Act or AB 2845 is to prevent discrimination, harassment, and bullying against Muslim and Sikh students in the classrooms of California. This new law will provide teachers, staff, and administrators with resources that will help them to identify, prevent, and find a solution to bullying and discrimination happening in their schools. The bill comes in the wake of the rise in incidents reported in the California. The law requires the...
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NYC exhibition sheds light on Sikhs and their religion - The Washington Post

September 30, 2016
NEW YORK — Sat Hari Singh, a New York City subway operator, threw his train in reverse on 9/11 to send it away from the chaos at ground zero. Japjee Singh sued a school system in Georgia to get protections from school bullying. U.S. Army Maj. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi, a doctor, fought for the ability to wear a turban while in uniform.

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$125,000 Raised in Denver for Sikh Media Campaign | SikhNet

August 14, 2016
120 Sikhs from all over Denver and Colorado Springs gathered to support an effort to spread awareness about Sikhs and Sikhism in America. They raised $125,000, a substantial amount, to fund National Sikh Campaign's media initiative. Sikhs have faced several incidents of violence and hate in the recent months in America due to a widespread ignorance about the Sikh tradition and because the Sikh turban and beard is confused with Taliban and Isis.

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Gurdwara Sahib Stockton: The Sikh Temple is a sanctuary of Peace and reminder of Home | SikhNet

July 15, 2016
A number of Sikhs have been living in the United States of America for 125 years, now. Currently, their population in the U.S. is 700,000. Amarjit Singh, a U.S. based Sikh and an ex-President of the committee of Gurdwara Sahib Stockton, said that wherever there are Sikhs, there must be a Gurdwara. He further asserted that it is not only because it is a place for their religious worship but it is a part and parcel of their culture which holds the entire community together.

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Great Sikh Women | SikhNet

June 24, 2016
Four years ago, I set out to write a book about some of the famous, inspiring women of the Guru Panth. It was a challenge, searching through our his-tory, finding just a glimpse here and a glimmer there of the remarkable women who contributed to the early years of our Panth. I was also blessed to make the acquaintance by internet, by phone, and in person of some great souls still living among us. When I was recently asked to give a presentation at the University of Toronto on Sikh women, I instantly knew I should return that honour by presenting on the realities and challenges of...
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The Sikh Holiday Commemorating the Martyrdom of Guru Arjan - World Religion News

June 17, 2016
REMEMBERING GURU ARJAN, WHO SOWED THE SEED OF MARTYRDOM IN THE SIKH RELIGION. On June 16 annually, members of the Sikh religion remember the martyrdom of Guru Arjan. Guru Arjan Dev Ji who is the fifth Guru and first martyr of the Sikhs died through torture after pursuing his task of preaching about God, solidifying the members and expanding the Sikh faith during its early years. The death of Guru Arjan also resulted to permanent changes in the faith’s tradition which is still practiced today.

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