A visitor with her children turbans
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 with various booths, which included art, culture, the Sustained Sikh Genocide, display of Gatka and the popular ‘Bhangra’ a cultural dance of Punjab. They did disseminate educational material on the Sikh heritage and also had volunteers who helped tie dastaars (turbans) on visitors attending the venue. Over a 200 turbans were tied till they ran out of turban material.
Free tee shirts were also distributed to all 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 splendid vegetarian 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! Over 700 visitors attended this very colorful and interesting venue.
Gatka team members after their performance
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. The performers also had the visitors get in on the actively involved in the dance routines to make it even more memorable.
This was the third annual Khalsa Day event which has become a regular feature in downtown Syracuse, NY.
Dr.Baljinder Singh, Dr.Mehtab Singh, S.Gurdeep Singh, S.Baldev Singh, S.Meenu Kaur, S.Harman Singh, Bhai Joga Singh, S.Mohinder Singh and many other selfless sewadhars of the Sikh sangat of central New York collectively made it a resounding success.
Visitors (men and women) in turbans participating in the Bhangra routine