Sikh community holds a parade in foreign land to celebrate Baisakhi

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Indian spirit in foreign land
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The Sikh Community of Southern California came together on April 14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles for the annual Baisakhi celebration, attended by thousands of followers.

What's in store?
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What's in store?
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The event consisted of the Kirtan Darbar (the court of divine music), which took place this year from 7:00 am - 3:00 pm followed by the Nagar Kirtan (procession of divine music), parade from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm encircling just under two miles in downtown Los Angeles with delightful snacks being served afterwards.

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This is one of the traditions of Sikh celebrations begun by Guru Nanak where all who those come together in the spiritual community, also partake in a vegetarian meal together as a community of social equals, regardless of class, geo-political or religious distinction.

550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev
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550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev
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This year marks the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

He championed for the rights of women, the equality of all human beings and inculcated anyone he met with the message that there is One God; The Creator of All Creation - "Ik OngKar."

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The Baisakhi celebration on April 14 is sponsored and organized by dozens of Southern California Sikh Gurdwaras, organizations and individuals.

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