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    Posted November 22, 2014 by
    Invigorated
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    Yuba City, California
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    Thousands Show Support at Sikh Parade

     
    An estimated 80,000 people from around the world came to Yuba City, California to celebrate the 35th Annual Nagar Kirtan Sikh Parade. All races and religions were welcomed at this event, which honored the installment of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib as Sikhism's holy book. Approximately 400,000 free meals were distributed during the three-day event.

    Founded in India in 1469 by Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Sikhism is 5th largest organized religion in the world today. It promotes peace, tolerance, inclusion, and simplicity of living. Despite their nonviolent message, Sikhs have been the victims of long-standing religious persecution in India and the targets of hate crimes in America, particularly after 9/11. To encourage greater understanding of and respect for Sikh principles, the California legislature designated November as Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month.
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