Aurora area Sikhs celebrate Holy Day of Vaisakhi

Aurora area Sikhs gathered this weekend with Sikhs from the western suburbs to celebrate one of the most holy days on the Sikh Calendar.

Also known as the Sikh New Year, Vaisakhi is a Holy Day observed on April 13 or 14 each year. It holds religious significance and marks the beginning of the harvest season and a time for community gatherings and celebrations.

The Sikh community gathered at the Illinois Sikh Community Center in Wheaton for a special prayer, a raising of the Sikh flag, and songs and performances by Sikh youth of all ages. From singing and dancing to playing instruments, the youth brought positive energy to the special occasion.

Because of the annual Holy Day, April is designated as Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month. Sikhs are recognized not only for their faith and rich traditions but also for the many incredible contributions they have made to the United States and their local communities.

This recognition helps promote public awareness of the Sikh faith and combat anti-Sikh bigotry.

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin issued a proclamation at the beginning of the month to celebrate the occasion. Aurora Sikhs are actively involved in the community by performing acts of service, collaborating with other faiths, and serving on the Aurora Interfaith Alliance.

Sikhism is the fifth-largest religion in the world. More than 10,000 Sikhs live in the Chicago area.

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