Please join us in celebrating and recognizing Vaisakhi with Turban Day at the Capitol. In honor of Sikh Vaisakhi, State of California Assembly will pass House Resolution 88 Recognizing April 12th as Vaisakhi in California, and in addition Turban Day at the Capitol By Assemblymember Ash Kalra.
Join us to observe the passing of the HR88 at 9:00 AM by Assemblymember Ash Kalra and Co-Authors Assemblymember Kansen Chu and others.
Followed by a Turban Tying reception at 11:00 AM with Sikh Community Leaders and State Officials and Staff. Langar will be provided.
We'll also have a special performance by Ishmeet Narula!
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Background and Resolution will include:
Sikhs and communities celebrate International Turban Day on April 13th every year in honor of Vaisakhi and celebration of the Turban.
The Turban has been a part of many traditions, often representing royalty, celebration, and power associated to a social status, in addition providing headgear in certain climates.
Today over 98 % of Turban wearing men and women, in the US, are Sikh. Sikhs wear it as a part of their identity, representing the values of equality, sovereignty, justice, and uplifting of all. For the wearer and to others, it is a constant reminder of Sikh values and a commitment to humanity. It was often noted that a turbaned wearing individual was a person one could trust and seek help from in a time of distress.
In the recent times due to socio-political incidents, especially 9/11, the Sikhs were mistakenly associated to them because of their appearance, and hence became targets of hate crimes. Nonetheless Sikhs continue to contribute, create awareness, and celebrate with the community!
Turban Day celebrates and honors the Sikh values behind turban with demos and turban tying around the world. It started from the Bay Area in 2004, and now various worldwide cities, Universities, Sikh Student Associations, and others have recognized the Sikh Turban Day with prideful and colorful celebrations in Northern to Southern California to Times Square in New York and cities in between, various cities across Canada, the UK Parliament in London, Norway— just to name a few.
Sikhs have been a grass-roots community of California's heritage from the late 1890s. We encourage communities to commemorate Turban Day to learn about Sikh heritage and traditions with turban tying and celebrations! Both adults and children are welcome to this fun and educational experience so bring along your friends and family and let's celebrate California's Sikh and multicultural heritage!
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