CM – « Sikhs share the feeling of selfless service »: US Senator’s praise on Vaishakhi

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A senior US Senator who notes that Sikhs share a strong sense of community, family, and selfless service has welcomed members of the community from around the world as two major celebrations take place this week: Vaisakhi and the 400 Birthday of Guru Tegh Bahadur.

« I wish the Sikh community all the best for the joyful celebrations of Vaisakhi and the 400th birthday of Guru Tegh Bahadur, » said Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania in the Senate on Wednesday.

According to Toomey, Sikhism dates back to the Indian region of Punjab and has flourished around the world for almost 600 years. He said that the Sikh tradition is based on the ideals of peace, respect and equality.

In addition, Sikhs are dedicated to the principle that every person is created equal before God, regardless of race, gender, religion or creed.

« Today the world has a Sikh population of 30 million, making it one of the most important religions in the world. Almost 700,000 Sikhs live in the United States, and many of them made Pennsylvania their home, » Toomey said .

Sikhs share a strong sense of community, family and selfless service, which is evident in their commitment to welcoming and serving people of all religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, he said.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sikh communities across the country, including Pennsylvania, mobilized to deliver meals, groceries, masks and other supplies to tens of thousands of families in need, he added / p> « On my own journeys through the Commonwealth, I have seen the spirit of this community up close by meeting Sikh voters. It is clear that they have enriched their neighborhoods and contributed in many ways to the growth and vitality of Pennsylvania and the United States. « Toomey said.

 » As a proud member of the American Sikh Congressional Caucus, I remember each year together with many votes in Congress and in the United States on the holiday of Vaisakhi, which took place on April 13 of this year, « he said.

Vaisakhi marks the spring harvest and serves as a day of reflection on the origins of Sikhism. During Vaisakhi commemoration Sikhs of the founding of the Khalsa Panth in 1699, an order of devout Sikhs who played a fundamental role in maintaining the history and identity of the religion, he added.

Traditionally, Sikhs recognize Vaisakhi with parades, dancing, singing, and others Sikhs also commemorate this special day with charitable services that organize and volunteer in various community projects en.

Over the past few years, Sikhs from across the country have organized a parade here in Washington, DC to commemorate Vaisakhi as National Sikh Day, he said.

« While the pandemic is both im Last year as well as this year prevented such big public celebrations, I look forward to welcoming the Sikh community in Pennsylvania back to DC in the years to come, « he said.

 » Sikhs don’t just celebrate Vaisakhi, but also celebrate the 400th birthday of the spiritual leader Guru Tegh Bahadur on April 18th. Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth guru of Sikhism, is an advocate of religious freedom for all, « Toomey said.

 » In 1675, Guru Teg Bahadur confronted Mughal emperor Aurangzeb with the forced religious conversion of the Hindus, an act for which he was in Delhi was publicly beheaded. By giving his life to protect a religion that was not his own, he is fondly remembered by Sikhs as Dharam Di Chadar, or Shield of Religions, said the Senator.

(Except for the heading, this Story not edited by NDTV staff and published from a syndicated feed.)

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