Sikhs hold a ‘Khalsa Day’ in downtown Syracuse, NY on April 29, 2017

Sikhs of the Sikh Foundation of Syracuse, Liverpool, NY (a member of the American Sikh Council) gathered together to hold an elaborate exhibit about the Sikh Faith and heritage at Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse, NY.

The members of the Sikh Foundation of Syracuse put up tents to disseminate educational material on the Sikh heritage and also had volunteers who helped tie dastaars (turbans) on visitors attending the venue. Over a 150 turbans were tied till they ran out of turban material.

Free tee shirts were also distributed to the visitors.

Langar was served to all the visitors who took the time to visit and interact with the local Sikh American community while enjoying the sumptuous food.

There was a pictorial display of the ‘Sustained Sikh Genocide’ which garnered much interest. Many visitors also appreciated the informative visual display of historical paintings and photographs of Sikhs involved in fighting for and with the Allies during the two World Wars.

The program ran from 11 am – 4 pm. By the afternoon, Clinton Square seemed to be a sea of colorful turbans as far as the eye could see! At least 350-400 visitors attended this very colorful and interesting venue.

A large contingent of Sikh American ‘Sikh martial art’ practitioners held a demonstration of the famed Sikh martial art called ‘Gatka’ a form of self-defense using swords/sticks and other similar weapons. The visitors were really appreciative of the variety of performances which educated them and were fun.

The hosts also performed Bhangra by men and Ghidda by women for the audience, who thoroughly enjoyed the show as it showed in their enthusiasm.

This was the third annual Khalsa Day event which has become a regular feature in downtown Syracuse, NY.

S.Baljinder Singh, S.Mehtab Singh, S.Gurdeep Singh, S.Baldev Singh, S.Mohinder Singh and many other sewadhars of the Sikh sangat of central New York collectively made it a resounding success.

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