Yuba City Sikh Parade Commemorates 300th Anniversary of Guru Granth Sahib

October 21, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Sikh Net


For the 29th straight year, Yuba City's Sikh community will welcome Sikhs from all over the world to celebrate one of the holiest days on the Sikh calendar. The three-day event runs from October 31st through November 2nd and commemorates the receipt by Sikhs of the Guru Granth Sahib in 1708 as a perpetual spiritual guide that directs the Sikh faith.

"It is said that Guru Gobind Singh instructed his Sikhs to search for him within the Sacred Writings contained there, and to find enlightenment by meditating upon them", said Kuldip Singh Atwal, Sikh Temple Secretary.

For many Sikhs, this isn't a normal parade for them. "This is a celebration of our religion, our culture, and gratitude towards all our guru's who lost their lives while believing and protecting our culture which is called Sikhism", said Didar Singh Bains, President, Sikh Temple. The spirit of Guru Nanak will be felt throughout the weekend, which is: work hard and earn an honest living, pray and share your earnings with your fellow beings.

On Friday morning, October 31st, the day will begin with the traditional start of 48 hours of continuous readings of the Guru Granth Sahib, Nishan Sahib Sewa and then Paath of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Friday evening ends with a spectacular display of fireworks at the Sikh Temple Yuba City expected to be attended by more than 25,000 people. "It's 30 minutes of non-stop fireworks", said Karm Bains, Sikh Temple Director. "These are five-inch canister fireworks that are usually only seen at the top fireworks shows in the country", added Bains.