YUBA CITY: More than 10,000 people are expected to join the Punjabi community of Yuba City will hold its 19th Annual International Punjabi American Festival on Sunday, May 26.
Assemblyman Dan Logue will be honored by the community for introducing Resolution ACR20 in the California State Assembly for
introduction of Sikhism in higher education curriculum.
Sponsored by the Punjabi American Heritage Society of Yuba City, the festival is a way for those with Punjabi roots to celebrate and share their culture with fellow Americans. The festival will be held at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds from 11:00 am to sunset.
Hundreds of local performing artists, including students from California schools, colleges and universities, will perform traditional Punjabi dances such as Bhangra and other ethnic dances.
In addition, vendors will also set up food stalls to provide taste of Punjabi and South Asian delicacies to the attendees.
The highlight of this year’s festival will be performances by internationally acclaimed Punjabi actors and singers. These include Jat and Juliet movie hero and heroine Diljit S Dosanj and Neeru Bajwa, melodious singer Feroz Khan, and folk singers Babbu Gurpal and Rupinder Handa
The Punjabi American Heritage Society will recognize five local high school seniors and award scholarships for their achievements.
The society was set up in 1993 with the purpose of creating a better understanding among different people living in this area and to educate children about their ancestral roots.
For the past eighteen years, it has organized many events to promote cross cultural friendship in the community.
The city’s four gurdwaras, one Punjabi mosque, one Punjabi church and a temple are a testimony to the vibrancy of the Punjabi community in this city.
Yuba City is one of the first places in America where Indian immigrants, mostly Punjabis, first settled.
(News East-West desk)