Yesterday’s show was an exotic experience but close to home—the Sikh Festival in nearby Yuba City, California which attracts 100,000 faithful from California and out of state. Infact, it’s the largest gathering of Sikhs outside their place of origin, northern India and Pakistan in what is known as Punjab. It is the area’s breadbasket.
The 3-day festival includes fireworks, a large bazaar, a parade, temple worship and a free public feast to celebrate harvest.
This year’s Festival was Yuba City’s 50th. It also marked the 550th anniversary of the Sikh religion.
Sikh – student
Guru – teacher
Gurdwara – the temple or “house of the Guru”
- An estimated 28 million people are followers of Sikhism, making it one of the world’s largest religions.
- Sikhs are often identified by the turban called a “dastaar” or “pagri”.
- Guru Nanak Dev brought Sikhism to the world around 1500 inspiring humankind to live a life of truth, righteousness and spirituality. The Hymms and Prayers(Shabads) he compiled incorporate teachings of other religions including Hindu and Islam.
- Sikhs believe there is only one god and that all people are equal.
- The Golden Temple in Amritsar is the most visited temple in all of the Sikh faith. It is covered in gold.