Sikhism

Sikhs Celebrate 300th Anniversary of the Khalsa

April 17, 1999

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On April 17, 1999, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported on the celebrations in the Sikh community of Atlanta for the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa to take place on Sunday, April 18th in the community's gurdwara.

Sikhs Celebrate 300th Anniversary of the Khalsa

April 17, 1999

Source: The Indianapolis Star

On April 17, 1999, The Indianapolis Star reported on the new Sikh temple in Indianapolis. Though the Sikh community established itself in Indianapolis in the 1960s, Sikhs have been worshipping in rented houses and community centers for the past several decades. Today, more than 200 Sikh families are a part of the new temple community. They are happy to be able to celebrate the Sikh New Year, Vaisakhi, and the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa in their own temple.

Sikhs Celebrate 300th Anniversary of the Khalsa

April 17, 1999

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On April 17, 1999, The Houston Chronicle reported on the festivities of the Sikh community in Houston commemorating the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa on Wednesday, April 14th. More than 600 Sikhs joined the festivities on Wednesday. Additional events are scheduled in Houston throughout the year.

Sikhs Celebrate 300th Anniversary of the Khalsa

April 11, 1999

Source: The Washington Post

On April 11, 1999, The Washington Post published an article on the celebratory march of Sikhs on Saturday, April 10th along Constitution Avenue from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol for the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa. With approximately 25,000 Sikhs, the march was largely to celebrate the Sikh religion, but it also brought calls for an independent Sikh nation in the Punjab province of India.

Sikhs Celebrate 300th Anniversary of the Khalsa

April 10, 1999

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 10, 1999, the Los Angeles Times published an article on Sikhism to mark the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa. On Sunday, April 4th, "more than 10,000 Sikhs celebrated the anniversary in a colorful procession of floats through downtown Los Angeles."

Sikhs Celebrate 300th Anniversary of the Khalsa

April 10, 1999

Source: The Plain Dealer

On April 10, 1999, The Plain Dealer reported that there is a planned procession along Public Square in Cleveland on April 24th to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa. With two gurdwaras and an estimated 500 families in the greater Cleveland area, the Sikh community has a growing presence in the area. Ohio Governor Bob Taft officially designated April 14th Khalsa Sikh Day in recognition of "the faith, rich cultural heritage and family values" that Sikhs promote."

First International Sikh Convention

April 5, 1999

Source: The New York Times

On April 5, 1999, The New York Times reported that the first international Sikh convention took place in the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ on Saturday, April 3rd as a prelude to many of the international festivities for the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa. With about 6,000 people in attendance, the daylong event was "part academic convocation, part political rally, and part performance with songs, skits, and a tae kwon do demonstration." Rajnarind Kaur, an analyst with J.P. Morgan, stated: "There has never been...

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Restaurant Pays Sikh Man For Religious Discrimination

February 25, 1999

Source: The New York Times

On February 25, 1999, The New York Times reported that El Quijote, a Spanish restaurant in Manhattan, paid a settlement of $10,000 to Jaswinder Pal Singh for discriminating against his religious expression. El Quijote, which has a policy of not allowing men to wear headgear in the restaurant, refused to service Singh in 1996 because he was wearing a turban. Singh, who is a computer science professor at Princeton University, filed a federal lawsuit in 1997 against El Quijote. In the settlement, the restaurant is going to change...

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International Sikh Leader Suspended From Position

February 11, 1999

Source: Montreal Gazette

On February 11, 1999, the Montreal Gazette reported that Ranjit Singh, the international leader of Sikhism, was suspended by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC), which is the body that appointed Singh in India. Last summer, Ranjit Singh excommunicated 7 Sikhs from British Columbia who refused to carry out Singh's controversial edict to remove tables and chairs from temple dining halls. The edict resulted in several violent clashes among the Sikhs in British Columbia. Ranjit Singh doesn't accept the SGPC's decision...

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Celebration of 300th Anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh

January 9, 1999

Source: The Arizona Republic

On January 9, 1999, The Arizona Republic reported that the International Symposium on Khalsa will be held on January 9-10, 1999 in Phoenix. The symposium will be the U.S. celebration of the 300th anniversary of when the Guru Gobind Singh established the current Sikh identity. Yogi Bhajan, the Sikh leader in the Western Hemisphere, is the featured speaker at the event.

Sikh Community in Houston Has Tradition of Helping in Local Shelter

November 29, 1998

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On November 29, 1998, the Houston Chronicle reported on the tradition that has developed at the Star of Hope shelter in Houston with the area Sikh community. What started five years ago as an annual feast prepared by the Sikh community at the shelter has turned into a monthly event. The Sikh volunteers, who buy, cook and serve the food, create an Italian-Mexican offering of enchiladas and lasagna to suit the Texan diet. Hardeep Kaur Singh, one of the volunteers, stated, "we thought we needed to give back to this community...

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Clinton Salutes American Sikhs

November 13, 1998

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On November 13, 1998, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that President Clinton sent a letter of greeting on November 3rd to Sikhs across the country to celebrate the 529th birth-anniversary of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak. Clinton states, "We are grateful for the teachings of Guru Nanak, which celebrate equality of all in the eyes of God - a message that strengthens our efforts to build one America. Religious pluralism in our nation is bringing us together in new and powerful ways."

25th Anniversary of the Sikh Center of the Gulf Coast in Houston

October 31, 1998

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On October 31, 1998, the Houston Chronicle reported that the Sikh Center of the Gulf Coast in Houston is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The Sikh community in Houston today comprises over 1000 families, a far cry from the estimated 20 families who presided over the dedication of the first gurdwara in Houston in 1973. The celebration included a rally at Houston's Tranquillity Park on November 4th, a special worship service for the birthday of Guru Nanak also on November 4th, and an anniversary service on November 8th at the...

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Sikhs in the Washington-Baltimore Area

October 31, 1998

Source: The Washington Post

On October 31, 1998, the Washington Post issued an article about the growing population of Sikhs in the Washington-Baltimore area, which has doubled in the last five years. Bhai Gurdarshan Singh, priest of Guru Gobind Singh Foundation in Rockville, MD, explains that this recent surge of Sikhs to the area is a result of the family and friends of previous immigrants, who came to the U.S. in the 1970s and 1980s, who have recently decided to emigrate from India. Today, about 1000 Sikh families, comprising 6000-7000 people, reside in...

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