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Another US State declares April as Vaisakhi month

Oregon is the fourth American State in the last one month to have declared the month of April for Sikhism. The three other States being Indiana, Delaware and New Jersey.

punjab Updated: Apr 11, 2018 18:04 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Washington
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Guru Gobind Singh created the Khalsa and established much of what is at the core of the Sikh faith today on the day of Vaisakhi in 1699.(HT File Photo)

The US State of Oregon has declared April as the ‘Sikh American community’s celebration of Vaisakhi month’ in recognition of the contributions of the minority community. In Oregon, the city of Salem declared April 14 as Vaisakhi Festival Day.

Vaisakhi, celebrated on April 14, is commemorated by million of Sikhs annually.

Oregon governor Kate Brown signed a proclamation on Monday declaring April as “Sikh American community’s celebration of Vaisakhi month” and noted that the community continue to make great strides towards security, religious liberty as patriotic members of the US Armed Forces.

The proclamation said that Sikhs in the United States pursue diverse professions and walk of life, making rich contributions to the economic vibrancy of the United States as farmers, engineers, doctors, scientists and other fields.

Noting that Sikh religion is based on a belief in one God and the equality of all human beings, the proclamation said Vaisakhi is one of the most religiously significant days in Sikh history.

In the last one month, Oregon is the fourth American State to have declared the month of April for Sikhism. The three other States being Indiana, Delaware and New Jersey.

“This is an important event in the history of Sikh Americans in Oregon,” said local businessman and Gadhar Memorial Foundation chairman Bahadur Singh, who led the delegation to Oregon to receive the proclamation.

First Published: Apr 11, 2018 18:03 IST