Via Punjab News Express/Balbir Singh
Hoosier Sikhs will celebrate the inaugural National Sikh Day on the Holiest Sikh festival of Vaisakhi (creation of Khalsa by the 10th Sikhs Guru Shree Gobind Singh in 1699) with Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb on May 15 from 10:00 a.m to 1:00 pm at the Indiana State House.
Sikhs Political and Action Committee (SikhsPAC) founder and chairman Gurinder Singh Khalsa said that invitations have been extended to all prominent elected officials of Indiana, including mayors of many cities across the state.
On this auspicious occasion, Governor Eric Holcomb will felicitate head priests and presidents of all Gurdwara Sahibs (Sikh places of worship) of Indiana along with other prominent Sikhs.
Punjab folk dance Bhangra will be performed by “Rangeelay Jawan”.
It may be recalled that Indiana Senate on April 20, 2017 had passed “Sikh Resolution”, acknowledging and recognizing the significant contributions that American Sikhs have made across the United States, to the State of Indiana and the city. The resolution was introduced by Senator Aaron Freeman and the historic resolution was unanimously passed by the Indiana Senate.
The first National Sikh Day celebrations will begin with Kirtan (Sikhs hymns) at 10.30 a.m and Ardas (prayer) at 11 a.m The Governor’s address is scheduled for 11.05 a.m and the award ceremony will begin at 11.10 a.m. Governor Holcomb will honour Head Priests and presidents of all Gurudwara Sahibs. The Sikh community will honour the Governor at 11.25 a.m. It will be followed by Sikh folk dance and Bhangra by “Rangeelay Jawan”. Speeches by elected officials and Sikh leaders will be from 12 noom to 12.30.
Lunch will be served at 12.30 p.m