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December 10, 2013 > Sikh community feeds the hungry

Sikh community feeds the hungry

Submitted By Kashmir Singh Shahi

On an early winter evening, November 22, 2013, when a bunch of kids could have seen a movie at home or with friends at a theater, they chose instead to make Holiday cards for their fellow Americans to wish them ÒHappy Holidays.Ó The next morning, families of these Sikh kids joined fellow Bay Area Sikhs to serve tasty and healthy food (langar) to over 800 people at the Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco. Langar symbolizes the recognition of the human race as one, irrespective of color creed religion or caste.

Sikhs are known for this selfless service ever since the inception in 1469 of, Sikhism by Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Sikhs maintain their distinct identity even though this can create misunderstandings at times. They feel honored that the California legislature passed a resolution that celebrates November as 'Sikh awareness and Appreciation month'. They hope that every time a fellow American sees them, they will understand that those who wear a turban to cover their uncut hair are Sikhs, the fifth largest religion in the world, which believes in fatherhood of the almighty and brotherhood of man.

As a minority, it's surprising how Sikhs all over the world reach many people by serving free food whether at their place of worship- gurudwara - or by volunteering wherever there is a need. Keeping the tradition alive, Sikhs in their colorful turbans, spent the day at Glide Memorial, bringing smiles to hundreds of people.

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