Valley Sikh community celebrates special day

April 14, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Members of the Valley's Sikh community are commemorating a significant day in their religion.

Thousands of people took part in the celebration Sunday. Just outside the Sikh Center in Selma as a huge crowd of men, women and children dressed in traditional Indian attire to celebrate the anniversary of their faith.

The Central Valley Sikh coalition held its 19th annual parade as a way to raise cultural awareness following three days of prayer.

People of all faiths and backgrounds were welcome.

Mankamal Dusanjh said "Some people misinterpret our religion for something else and we need to create the awareness of who we actually are and how we're different from other religions."

Today's celebration comes less than one year after the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Investigators say six people were killed by a gunman with ties to white supremacist groups.

Local Sikh leaders say that tragic event brought them closer together.


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