DALLAS (TIP): The Sikhs of Dallas Fort Worth will be taking out a parade for the first time in the City of Richardson on Saturday, November 16, to mark the 544th birth anniversary of their First Master Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Speaking with The Indian Panorama, Surinder Singh Gill, a representative of Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Richardson said that all preparations for a grand parade have been made. He said that all local Gurdwaras (Sikh shrines) have come together to put up a grand show to commemorate the historic occasion.
The Parade, as usual, will be led by the Living Master of the Sikhs, the Sikh Holy Scripture known as Shri Guru Granth Sahib. A number of dignitaries and officials have confirmed attending the Parade, said Mr. Gill. Among them are Mayors of adjoining cities, Police Chief, Members of City Council, and representatives of FBI and Justice Department. Also, a number of schools will be participating in the Parade The Gurdwara Singh Sabha management in a flyer inviting all to join the Parade, have said, “We seek to build and foster relationships with our neighbors, educators, uniformed officials, elected officials and, in short, with our fellow Americans. Sikhs have been an integral part of the DFW community for over 50 years and we look forward to sharing of information and experiences as we welcome you to celebrate with us.”
The communication further says, “This open communication and interaction with one another will continue to strengthen our communities and build a solid understanding as we learn more regarding our similarities and faiths. Our children will grow in to a future of trust and confidence. In that respect, we humbly request you that you consider participating in this event with your fellow Sikh American neighbors. Speaking about the program, Mr. Gill said that the Parade will start around 11.30 A.M. after the morning prayers, from the parking lot of the Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Richardson and will cover a route of around 3 miles.
Later around 2 P.M. it will return to the starting point where it will be terminated. Free kitchen (langar) is an essential part of the Sikh way of life. The Sikh Masters had enjoined upon their followers to share food with all. Thus, in all gurdwaras free food is available to all, without any discrimination. All along the route of the Parade, free food (langar) will be served. Many set up stalls en route to serve eatables and beverages to seek the blessings those served and the Master.