NEW YORK: Vaisakhi greetings by US Congress, the Georgia State Senate and various cities pour in as the Sikh community celebrates Vaisakhi on Saturday. In their resolutions and proclamations, US lawmakers have greeted the Sikh community on this occasion.
Vaisakhi commemorates the creation of the Khalsa by the last Sikh Guru Gobind Singh in 1699 by baptizing first five Sikhs and giving them the name of Singh and five Ks or religious symbols.
The US Congress resolution – Honoring the Sikh community’s celebration of Vaisakhi – said:
“Whereas Sikhism is a religion founded in the Punjab region of South Asia over five centuries ago and introduced to the United States in the 19th century;
Whereas Sikhism is the fifth largest world religion with approximately 25 million adherents from diverse backgrounds throughout the world, including 500,000 adherents in the United States;
Whereas Sikhs in the United States pursue diverse professions and walks of life, making rich contributions to the social, cultural, and economic vibrancy of the United States, including service as members of the United States Armed Forces;
Whereas Vaisakhi is one of the most religiously significant days in Sikh history, commemorating the creation of the Khalsa, a fellowship of devout Sikhs, by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699;
Whereas the Sikh religion is based on a belief in one God and the equality of all human beings; and
Whereas the celebration of Vaisakhi includes performing Seva (selfless service), such as providing free meals to all visitors to Sikh Gurdwaras (Houses of Worship): Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives wishes the Sikh American community a joyous Vaisakhi.”
A resolution on similar lines was also introduced in the Georgia State Senate to greet the Sikh community on the occasion of Vaiskahi.
The City of Elk Grove in California passed a resolution and Houston and San Antonio in Texas issued proclamations to greet the Sikh community on Vaisakhi.
Sikh Coalition, the non-profit that lobbies for the community, worked with lawmakers to secure the resolutions and proclamations greeting the community on the birthday of the Khalsa.
Here are the resolutions and proclamations:
- Resolution in the United States Congress
- Georgia Senate Resolution 648
- Resolution by the City of Elk Grove, California
- Proclamation by the City of Houston, Texas
- Proclamation by the City of San Antonio, Texas