This bill would nationally honor the Sikh American community’s celebration of Vaisakhi, a springtime holiday that commemorates Guru Gobind Singh’s creation of Khalsa (literally meaning pure) Panth, a formal community of initiated Sikhs, in 1699. The Khalsa established several core Sikh practices, such as refraining from hair removal and vowing to wear turbans as articles of faith. Khalsa’s themselves are Sikhs who have undergone the Amrit Ceremony, in which Sikhs are baptized and pledge to live up to the expectations of the celebrated Guru Singh.
Today, Vaisakhi celebrations include performances of Seva, or acts of selfless service. Sikhs across the U.S. provide free meals to visitors to Sikh Gurdwaras (Houses of Worship), volunteer for community service, and celebrate equality on this day. The Sikh American community also honors the festival with parades across the country.