Sikhs of NY and various NJ Gurdwaras host celebration of Sikh Heritage

Sikhs of NY organizers and performers pose for a photo at the 3rd annual NJ Devils Sikh Heritage Day celebrations held March 9, 2024, at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. PHOTOS: Organizers

Newark, NJ – The third annual NJ Devils Sikh Heritage Day was held March 9, 2024, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ and was sponsored by national Sikh organization, Sikhs of NY, a non-profit dedicated to promoting diversity, equality, religious freedom, and inclusion in the US military.

“The program honors the work and service of Sikhs in the tri-state area. This event was sponsored by various New Jersey Gurdwaras,” Jasjit Singh Bindra, one of the main event organizers, is quoted saying in a press release.

Turbans being tied on those interested to wear one at the March 9, 2024, NJ Devils Sikh Heritage Day held in Newark, NJ. 

The NJ Devils event was an opportunity to highlight the Sikh turban, identity, and culture. Sikhs of New York founder Kanwaldeep Singh announced that over five hundred bright Red Devils turbans were tied on fans that day. “It’s an opportunity for us to de-mystify the turban for the broader American public and spread awareness about our rich heritage,” he said.

The event featured Giddha, a traditional Punjabi dance, by the group Chidiya Da Chamba, Biba Singh Punjabi Pop Singer, Rana Dholi, the Drummer.

Organizers said red turbans were on NJ Devils national broadcast and enthralled the spectators live. The NJ Devils ice-hockey team welcomed Sikhs to come and celebrate their heritage with the wider community and became part of it by donning the red colored turbans. “We are honored to be part of the third Sikh Heritage Day with the NJ Devils! It is our mission to promote diversity and inclusion while growing new fans for the game as well. This day was quite special for the organization, and we look forward to growing this celebration of diversity in the years ahead!” said Meghan, NJ Devils Account executive for Group Events.

Dancers in traditional pose for a photo at the NJ Devils Sikh Heritage Day held March 9, 2024, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

“As part of our effort to increase diversity in all walks of life, we believe it is also important to promote understanding of our Sikh Heritage,” organizers are quoted saying, noting that Sikhism is the world’s fifth largest religion, a monotheistic faith that is focused on service to all.

Sikhs of NY organizes the popular Turban Day annually at Times Square, NY to bring awareness among all Americans about Sikhism, a faith that originated in the Punjab region in the 15th Century, and about a way of life deeply rooted in the principles of equality, compassion, and service to humanity, the press release said.

The vibrant Bhangra and Giddha dance, the soul-stirring Shabad Kirtan, display the energy and emotion of the faith. Sikh cuisine, offered at the iconic Langar, a free community kitchen serving wholesome meals to all visitors irrespective of caste, creed, or background, to the delectable flavors of Punjabi cuisine, Sikh food represents a celebration of unity amidst diversity, organizers noted.

“In celebrating Sikh Culture and Heritage with New Jersey Devils Ice-Hockey Team is a testament to the enduring spirit of resilience, compassion, and unity that continues to inspire and uplift us all,” the press release said, thanking the hockey team for giving it the platform.



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