Sikhism

Fresno Sikhs Celebrate New Year

April 19, 2004

Source: Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/local/religion/story/8457651p-9293134c.html

On April 19, 2004 Fresno Bee reported, "Vaisakhi commemorates the Sikh New Year, which is based on the Khalsa nation founded by Guru Gobind Singh more than 300 years ago. Vaisakhi also marks harvest season in Punjab, homeland to Sikhs in South Asia. In Selma, nearly 2,000 Sikhs celebrated with a service at the Sikh Temple of the Pacific Coast, the parade (nagar...

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Sikh Fair Strengthens Interracial Ties, Defense Minister Says

April 19, 2004

Source: The Straits Times

http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/singapore/story/0,4386,246514,00.html?

On April 19, 2004 The Straits Times reported, "They wrestled, tumbled and even slapped each other's faces, all in fun. They were playing an ancient Indian game that requires a player to enter his opponents' turf, touch one of them and race back to the line dividing both sides, while chanting 'kabaddi'. Whoever he touches has to stop him from escaping by...

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Chicago Sikhs Celebrate Baisakhi Day

April 18, 2004

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/photos/chi-0404190097apr19,0,1659134.story

On April 18, 2004 Newsday reported, "Barefoot and wearing colorful turbans, nearly 200 Sikhs gathered in a temple above a carpeting store on the Far North Side for Baisakhi Day, which celebrates the triumph over fear of death and the founding of the Khalsa Panth as an independent religion. Men and boys, and women and girls on...

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Commentary: Why I Became a Sikh

April 17, 2004

Source: The Register-Guard

http://www.registerguard.com/news/2004/04/17/f4.rel.trimcol.0417.html

On April 17, 2004 The Register-Guard published an article by Siri Kaur Khalsa-Harris on why he became a Sikh. He writes: "It never has been easy to be a Sikh. Our history reads like an action-packed novel of genocide, torture, bigotry and betrayal, along with natural disasters, famine and plagues that continue to this day. Perhaps the most daunting - at...

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SCORE Encourages Sikhs to Take Vaisakhi Off

April 15, 2004

Source: Sikhnet

http://www.sikhnet.com/s/SCOREVaisakhi

On April 15, 2004 Sikhnet reported, "Washington: Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE) requests Sikhs to take a day off from work and celebrate Vaisakhi with their family. We encourage everyone to share the importance of this day with other people by taking the below letter to schools attended by Sikh children and to our workplaces. This will provide us an opportunity to educate fellow workers, fellow students and...

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Charges Expanded Against Teens Who Assaulted Sikh Student

April 15, 2004

Source: The Daily Tar Heel

http://www.dailytarheel.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/04/15/407e80a7529a2

On April 15, 2004 The Daily Tar Heel reported, "The simple assault charges filed against three teenage boys who were arrested in an altercation with a Sikh UNC senior last month on Franklin Street will be amended to charges of ethnic intimidation as it was determined that the incident stemmed from a racial slur. Gagandeep Bindra met Wednesday with...

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On Baisakhi, Blair Recognizes Sikh Community's Contributions to UK Society

April 14, 2004

Source: The Indian Express Group

http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=30343

On April 14, 2004 The Indian Express Group ran a Press Trust of India article that reported, "Recognising the Sikh community's 'invaluable' contribution to the economic, cultural and political life of the United Kingdom, its Prime Minister Tony Blair greeted the British Sikhs on the occasion of Baisakhi. 'I am pleased to send my best wishes to the British Sikh...

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Thousands of Sikhs Celebrate Holy Day in Los Angeles

April 12, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-sikh12apr12,1,4890092.story?coll=la-news-religion

On April 12, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "Thousands of Sikhs celebrated one of their holiest days with a parade through downtown Los Angeles on Sunday and a call for greater understanding of the fact that wearing a turban is not un-American, nor is it the mark of a terrorist. The Sikhs said their...

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Sikh Organization Declares April 13 "World Turban Day"

April 12, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3620749.stm

On April 12, 2004 the BBC News reported, "A Sikh organisation in northern India has called on all Sikhs to observe 13 April as 'World Turban Day.' The Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) said the purpose of the day was to improve international awareness of Sikhism. It believes that distrust and aggression against Sikhs is caused by a general ignorance about the religion. Sikh men have been...

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On Sikh Holiday, Officials Resolve to Fight Hate Crimes

April 12, 2004

Source: KFMB TV

http://www.kfmb.com/topstory24163.html

On April 12, 2004 KFMB TV reported, "Organizers said more than 10,000 Sikhs from across Southern California were in the city Sunday to celebrate Vaisakhi - which marks their New Year and commemorates the 17th century Sikh leader Guru Gobind Singh... At a press conference earlier in the day, Assemblywoman Judy Chu said Sikhs have been the target of hate crimes by extremists in the United States who mistake them for being from...

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