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2008 Sikh Arts and Spinning Wheel Festival
SpinningWheelFestival.JPG Sikhs from all over North America and the U.K. came together on Nov. 14 at the Writer’s Guild Theater, Beverly Hills, CA to celebrate Sikh film and culture at the 2008 Sikh Arts and Spinning Wheel Festival. .....read more
Sikh Vietnam War veteran writes to President Bush
Fatehpal singh-tarney sml.jpg Sikh Vietnam War veteran, Sardar Fatehpal Singh-Tarney who became a Sikh some 20 year ago wrote passionately to President Bush about the discrimination faced by a Sikh prisoner, Jagmohan Singh Ahuja.. .....read more

PM orders acquisition of land for Baba Guru Nanak University
Gurdwara Janam Asthan Nankana Sahib 2.jpg Pakistani PM Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani issued instructions for the acquisition of land for the Baba Guru Nanak University in Nankana Sahib. Talking to a delegation of Sikh pilgrims from various organisations... .....read more
Is the Sikh Teacher's beard the world's longest?
Sarwan Singh longest beard sml.jpg Singh's beard was measured at over two metres in length. Move over India! - Surrey, B.C. - is now the home to the world's longest beard. The whiskers of Sarwan Singh were measured at 2.33 metres or seven feet 7.75 inches .....read more
First Sikh member in New Zealand parliament
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Businessman Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi will be the first Sikh member of the New Zealand parliament which has a record number of six Asian members following Saturday's election. Born in Delhi, Mr Bakshi moved to New Zealand with his family in 2001, where he has been running businesses in property, wholesaling and fashion...... → read more
Indian Sikhs seize onto culture in remote Argentina
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Sikhs worldwide are celebrating the 300th anniversary of their holy book -- not only in their native India, but also in Britain and North America, to where many emigrated over the past 150 years...... → read more

Spanish Translation of Guru Granth Sahib Ji is now Live
SpanishSGGS.gif The Spanish Translation of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib has now been uploaded onto the Sikhitothemax Website. The whole purpose of the Sikhitothemax software is help Gursikhs and Non-Sikhs to have the chance to connect to the Guru's message...... → read more
Forgotten Sikh Canadian war hero
Ww1 medal sml.jpg The story of one of the first Sikh Canadian WWI soldiers has been uncovered with the discovery of his Victory medal. Sandeep Singh Brar an avid Sikh historian purchased the medal from a dealer in England and quickly realized its historical significance. .....read more
Sikhs parade at Yuba city
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Nearly 80,000 people from all over the state and the country joined the Sikhs of Yuba city to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book...... → read more
Sikh Society to open new Gurdwara in Califonia
San Diego Sikh sml.jpg At Valley Parkway and Avenida del Diablo, a striking, light yellow, Eastern-looking temple is almost ready for its first service. It has taken the Sikh Society of San Diego 15 years to build this $1.5 million gurdwara. When services begin, tentatively on Dec. 7,.. .....read more
Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhorh Divas or Diwali
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A Nihang or a Sikh warrior performs tent pegging during a religious procession to mark the Bandi Chhorh Divas in the northern Indian city of Amritsar October 29, 2008. Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhorh Divas or Diwali to mark the return of the Sixth Guru........ → read more
Gur Ta Gaddi concludes
GuruGaddi-225x300.jpg The 'Gur Ta Gaddi' programme which was attended by lakhs of Sikhs from all over the world concluded with the 'Sarva Dharma Sammelan' here on Sunday. The programme assumed importance as it was 300 years ago... ..... → read more
Belgium's King Albert II and Queen Paola visit a gurudwara
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Belgium's King Albert II and Queen Paola visit a gurudwara (Sikh temple) in New Delhi November 5, 2008. They are on an official state visit to India...... → read more
Guru Nanak Dev's Japuji Sahib
CampGurdwara-225x300.jpg In the Japuji Sahib, Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru, asks: "How to be a man of Truth and how to break the wall of falsehood?" Japu meaning japna, recitation or meditation or Japuji Sahib, the Sikh morning prayer, is the opening composition of the Guru Granth Sahib...... → read more
Sikhs gather at Nanded for holy festival
Nanded.jpg Sikhs from across the world are congregating at Nanded in Maharashtra to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the consecration of the Guru Granth Sahib. The Prime Minister will attend the celebrations on October 30...... → read more
Sikh Gurdwara raid shadows Belgian royal visit to India
KingAlbert-225x300.jpg King Albert II of Belgium will go to India on a nine-day state visit beginning November 3, accompanied by Queen Paola, Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht, and top businessmen and academics, according to sources in the Royal Palace in Brussels...... → read more
Sikhs throng Nanded shrine
Diwali.jpg Diwali night, which is celebrated as 'Bandi Chod Diwas' (release of prisoners, wherein the 6th Sikh Master, Guru Hargobind, Takht Sachkhand Sri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib helped the release of 52 Rajas..... → read more
Sikh songs of faith
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Jan Protopapas sits cross-legged on the floor and covers her long, mahogany hair with a gauzy, pearl-white scarf. She leans the bulbous base of her tambura on her knee and, with a lover's familiarity, cradles the instrument's 4-foot-tall neck between her shoulder and head...... → read more
Bringing Sikh strings to Sachkhand Hazur Sahib
RajAcad-2-225x300.jpg As the tercentenary celebrations draw nearer, a group of 30 musicians are preparing to dedicate the next three weeks to serving and promoting the Siri Guru Granth Sahib throughout India...... → read more
A Sikh Hero in Bengal, unknown in Punjab
jasswant_singh_gill.jpg The only living recipient of India’s highest civilian gallantry award, Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak, from the President of India, Jaswant Singh Gill (69), who is cosidered a hero in Bengal for scripting a “saga of courage”..... → read more
Sundri: The Brave Kaur - A Must See Film!
P9280118.jpg Sundri, the Brave Kaur, an animated film based on Bhai Vir Singh's classic novel, made its Connecticut debut at the Majestic Theatre in Stamford on Sunday, September 28. Sponsored by the Kaur Foundation and generously supported....... → read more
Sarkozy has an "open mind" on turban issue: Manmohan
Manmohan Sarkozy sml.jpg Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said French President Nikolas Sarkozy had an "open mind" in dealing with the controversy over the turban issue in France that has unleashed protests in the Sikh community. .....read more
Cut meat and milk intake to combat climate change
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Meat and dairy production alone is responsible for eight per cent or over half of our food-related emissions of our total greenhouse gas emissions.... "If we don't act now, it may be too late and very much more expensive to act later," she said...... → read more
Local Sikhs feed the homeless.
Langar.jpg The Sikh community, in keeping with the tradition of Guru Nanak, is holding Guru Nanak Free Kitchen for the homeless on Oct. 2 and Oct. 3, and from Nov. 10 to Nov. 15 at the Life Skills Center, 412 E. Cordova St...... → read more
Watch the Youth Film Festival Videos
film-festival-capture1.jpg The film festival has inspired scores of film submissions from around the world. The Festival idea originated in 2006 with SikhNet's recognition of the immense popularity and creativity of video postings....... → read more
Sikh scripture exhibition at Leicester's New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.
music.jpg AN extensive exhibition marking the 300th anniversary of the Sikh holy scripture is taking place at Leicester's New Walk Museum and Art Gallery. The Living Guru exhibition will look at the history of the Guru Granth Sahib........ → read more
Rahul Gandhi visits Golden Temple
GANDHI_225x300.jpg Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi began his maiden tour of Punjab on Monday. His itinerary had everything from paying obeisance at the Golden Temple to watching a kabbadi match, a morning meal at a langar (community kitchen)..... → read more