Phoenix Sikhs Celebrate Vaisakhi

April 12, 2006

Source: SikhNet News!OpenDocument

On April 12, 2006 SikhNet News reported, "[For a Phoenix celebration of Vaisakhi, an Indian harvest festival], the interior of a one of kind, upcoming three-storied new building of Gurdwara Sahib, Guru Nanak Dwara, a combined project of the Sikh-Americans and American-Sikhs in central Phoenix, [was] decorated with a multi-colored custom designed carpet. The regal embroidered saffron colored canopy atop the throne of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji [the Sikh scriptures], had just arrived from India with matching five layered beautifully embroidered Rumaalas. After Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji was respectfully escorted atop the head of one of the Sevadaar and honorably laid on a rounded raised throne, the Sangat members started filing in row to bow in front of the Guru... This year, approximately 500-750 people all dressed with blue or saffron turbans or chunnis took part in the Nagaar Kirtan [a religious parade]... Throughout the procession free foods, cold drinks and candies were distributed not only to the members of the Sikh community taking part in the Nagar Kirtan but to the entire neighborhood who had come to witness this remarkable event."