Sikhism

Sikh Temple Prepares for Colourful New Year Procession

April 21, 2009

Author: Michael Corley

Source: Coventry Telegraph

http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/2009/04/21/sikh-temple-prepares-for-colourful-parade-92746-23428193/

Thousands of Sikhs are to parade in colourful floats to celebrate their new year and the founding of the religion’s brotherhood – the Khalsa.

This year’s procession, which will wind through several streets on Sunday, will be...

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Sikh Festival a Family Affair

April 20, 2009

Author: Kimberly K. Fu

Source: The Reporter

http://www.thereporter.com/news/ci_12182215

Faith, community and the start of a new harvest season were heralded Sunday at the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple in Fairfield.

Hundreds gathered for Vaisakhi, a festival that celebrates the birth of another harvest season and is held on a holy day that commemorates the first Sikh baptisms.

That baptism occurred in 1699 and was presided over by Guru Gobind...

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School That Discriminated Against Sikh School Girl Now Faces a £200,000 Legal Bill

April 20, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/school-discriminated-against-sikh-school-girl-now-faces-200000-legal-bill

Brave Sikh school Sarika Watkins-Singh eventually won her desire to wear her Kara in July 2008, she was dismissed from school, then faced months of studying alone, but eventually High Court supported her rights.

Now her school faces legal bills of £200,...

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Army Joins In Sikh Celebrations

April 19, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/derbyshire/8006981.stm

Thousands of people have been taking part in a celebration in Derby marking one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar.

Vaisakhi (Baisakhi) marks Sikh New Year and the founding of the Sikh community, known as the Khalsa.

The army joined hundreds of Sikhs in a procession through Derby on Sunday.
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Army Joins In Sikh Celebrations

April 19, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/derbyshire/8006981.stm

Thousands of people have been taking part in a celebration in Derby marking one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar.

Vaisakhi (Baisakhi) marks Sikh New Year and the founding of the Sikh community, known as the Khalsa.

The army joined hundreds of Sikhs in a procession through Derby on Sunday.
...

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New Place Of Worship for Sikh Community

April 18, 2009

Author: David Kessen

Source: The Star

http://www.thestar.co.uk/doncaster/New-place-of-worship-for.5183209.jp

Doncaster's newest landmark is open - and it brings a flavour of the east to the town centre.

Hundreds of Sikhs gathered to mark the opening of their new temple building, the Sri Guru Kalgidhar Gurdwara, on Catherine Street.

The building, complete with an Asian-style dome, is now open to their community...

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Sikh Parade Will Celebrate Brotherhood

April 18, 2009

Author: Jennie Rodriguez

Source: Recordnet.com

http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090418/A_LIFE/904180314

Head priest Gyani Jaswinder Singh, who leads the Golden Temple in Punjab, India, is the expected special guest at Stockton's 11th annual Sikh Parade. And members of Stockton's Sikh Temple, the group's oldest sanctuary in North America, invite the public to partake in the Sunday celebration.

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Sikhs Want U.S. Army to Waive Dress And Appearance Regulations

April 15, 2009

Author: Kevin Baron

Source: SALDEF/Stars and Stripes

http://www.saldef.org/content.aspx?&a=3711&z=4&title=

Seeing “Integrate the U.S. Army” on a protest sign recalls the civil rights struggles of African-Americans in the mid-20th Century. But on Tuesday, under a cold wet spring sky, more than a dozen Americans of a different minority, the Sikh faith, stood in front of the iconic Iwo Jima memorial to World War II with one simple request...

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Healthcare Facility Settles Lawsuit Over Shaving Of Elderly Sikh Man

April 14, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/healthcare-facility-settles-lawsuit-over-shaving-elderly-sikh-man

Westchester County Healthcare settled a case where an elderly Sikh man, Pyara Singh Sahansra, was negligently shaved by staff while he was in long-term care. United Sikhs and law-firm Storzer and Greene, LLC secured a settlement including $20,000 in compensation for Pyara Singh...

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Sikhs Ask to Serve In US Army, Despite Rules On Attire

April 14, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2009/4/14.shtml#2

Two Sikh men say they want to report for active duty in July even as they refuse to comply with the Army's demands to cut their unshorn beards and hair and remove their turbans. "I am willing to lay down my life for America," said 2nd Lt. Tejdeep Singh Rattan, one of the men who filed a complaint, on Tuesday. "In return, I ask only that my country...

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Sikh Community's Contribution Is Significant, Says Najib

April 14, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BERNAMA

http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsgeneral.php?id=403971

The Malaysian Sikh community's contribution to the history and development of the country is very important and significant, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Najib said that although the Sikh community was relatively small, in the region of 100,000 people, they had served the country well.

He said they had served as...

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Major Sikh Celebration In B.C. Brings Crowds, Controversy

April 11, 2009

Author: Lena Sin

Source: Canwest News Service

http://www.theprovince.com/Life/Major+Sikh+celebration+brings+crowds+controversy/1488661/story.html

More than 100,000 revellers gathered in Vancouver and in suburban Surrey Saturday to celebrate Vaisakhi, a celebration of the birth of Sikhism.

The morning drizzle did little to dampen spirits as colourfully-dressed people from all faiths and...

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Sikhs Protest Against Knife Rules

April 8, 2009

Author: Dil Neiyyar

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7989108.stm

Sikhs say they are not being allowed to wear a kirpan - or ceremonial knife - in public places even though the law says they can.

Some have been refused entry to amusement parks and even government buildings because of fears the blade poses a security or safety threat.

The confusion has prompted the Department of Communities and Local Government to...

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