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Bakersfield Sikh community celebrates Nagar Kirtan, sends message of unity

Posted: 9:41 PM, Mar 31, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-01 12:55:27-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Nagar Kirtan is a processional parade practiced in Sikh communities around the world to honor the holy scriptures of the Sikh faith. Hundreds poured into Southwest Bakersfield on Sunday, March 31 to celebrate Nagar Kirtan with a message of love and unity.

“I want them to experience the food and the hospitality and learn about our religion, that we believe all the humans are one and we’re all the same,” said Gurinder singh basra, a member of the Sikh community in Bakersfield.

Colorful garments, Indian food, and live music gave community members a chance to do just that as they got a taste of Sikh customs and traditions.

Nagar Kirtan begins with prayer, scripture readings, and hymns then is followed by a grand parade.

“Buying the Indian toys and eating the food!” said 11-year-old attendee, Nipun Sharma, when asked what his favorite part of the day was.

And community members say they welcome people of all backgrounds and faiths.

“We have different names for God, but at the end of the day we’re one God’s children.” said Basra.