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  • Elias Funez/efunez@modbee.com Ashok Verma of Star India Sweets and Catering, serves up a dish of Aloo Tikki to a family of attendees to Sunday's (04-21-13) Sikh festivities.
    Elias Funez | Modesto Bee
  • Elias Funez/efunez@modbee.com Attendees to Sunday's Sikh festival take turns posing with a horse being trained for use in traditional Sikh weddings where the groom arrives atop the decorated horse.
    Elias Funez | Modesto Bee
  • Elias Funez/efunez@modbee.com Ajit Singh (right) takes part in the turban competition Sunday afternoon (04-21-13) at the Modesto-Ceres Gudwara Sikh Temple off of East Hatch Road for the second annual Vesakhi Mela festival celebrating the Sikh's freedom of Muslim oppression which originally occurred in April of 1699. The day's festivities featured song and dance, as well as food, and friendly competitions.
    Elias Funez | Modesto Bee
  • Elias Funez/efunez@modbee.com Jagdit Bains (left) sits with her grandchildren Jasraj and Veerdip Bains, both 8, while attending Sunday's sikh festivities.
    Elias Funez | Modesto Bee
  • Elias Funez/efunez@modbee.com Ajit Singh (right) takes part in the turban competition Sunday afternoon (04-21-13) at the Modesto-Ceres Gudwara Sikh Temple off of East Hatch Road for the second annual Vesakhi Mela festival celebrating the Sikh's freedom of Muslim oppression which originally occurred in April of 1699. The day's festivities featured song and dance, as well as food, and friendly competitions.
    Elias Funez | Modesto Bee
  • Elias Funez/efunez@modbee.com Ajit Singh (right) takes part in the turban competition Sunday afternoon (04-21-13) at the Modesto-Ceres Gudwara Sikh Temple off of East Hatch Road for the second annual Vesakhi Mela festival celebrating the Sikh's freedom of Muslim oppression which originally occurred in April of 1699. The day's festivities featured song and dance, as well as food, and friendly competitions.
    Elias Funez | Modesto Bee
  • Elias Funez/efunez@modbee.com Attendees young and old were on hand to watch the festivities unravel at the second annual Vesaki Mela festival at the Ceres-Modesto Gurdwara Sikh Temple on East Hatch Rd.
    Elias Funez | Modesto Bee
  • Elias Funez/efunez@modbee.com Modesto's Mattie Randhawa leads a group of women competing in a friendly competition of tug-of-war during Sunday's (04-21-13) festivities.
    Elias Funez | Modesto Bee
  • Elias Funez/efunez@modbee.com The Gatkha Team top honors for a spirited dance performed for attendees to the Vaisakhi day celebration.
    Elias Funez | Modesto Bee
  • Elias Funez/efunez@modbee.com Turlock's Ravneet Garcha (14) looks at his while Satpal Saini holds the mirror for him during the turban competition.
    Elias Funez | Modesto Bee
  • Elias Funez/efunez@modbee.com Eight year old Jasraj Bains smiles as he watches the turban competition from the comfort of his grandmother Jagdit Bains' lap during Sunday's festivities.
    Elias Funez | Modesto Bee
  • Elias Funez/efunez@modbee.com Ajit Singh (right) takes part in the turban competition Sunday afternoon (04-21-13) at the Modesto-Ceres Gudwara Sikh Temple off of East Hatch Road for the second annual Vesakhi Mela festival celebrating the Sikh's freedom of Muslim oppression which originally occurred in April of 1699. The day's festivities featured song and dance, as well as food, and friendly competitions.
    Elias Funez | Modesto Bee
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