Posted to Religious Diversity News on November 7, 2005
Source: Yahoo! News / PRWEB
On November 7, 2005 PRWEB reported, “Another near record crowd today, estimated at 60,000 people, continues to make the 26th Annual Sikh Parade in Yuba City one of the Valley’s largest religious and cultural celebrations. The weekend activities honor the receipt by Sikhs of their Holy Book, the Guru Granth Sahib, in 1708, which they use as their spiritual guide.
The four and a half mile parade through the streets of Yuba City drew parade participants from throughout the West Coast. The parade featured floats and a procession of thousands of Sikhs walking with the floats. In the Sikh tradition, anyone is free to join in the parade at anytime. As the parade left the Sikh Temple Gurdwara grounds to circle the city, a helicopter dropped rose-petals on the parade spectators from above… As thousands continued to congregate at the Sikh Temple following the parade to enjoy the free food and entertainment, volunteers continued to serve free meals. By the time the weekend comes to an end tonight, more than 200,000 free meals will have been prepared and distributed at no charge. ‘The Sikh Temple Yuba City is open 365 days a year for anyone in need of a place to sleep or a meal,’ said Dilbag Singh Bains, Chairman, Sikh Parade. Sikhs consider it a privilege and honor to serve people that come to their Temple.”