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  • People pray in the Sikh Temple after they have given their offering as part of the 34th annual Sikh Festival.
    Svitlana Vronska
  • The director of the Sikh Temple in Yuba City looks out over the many worshippers in attendance.
    Svitlana_Vronska
  • A young boy performs with the Gatka Martial Arts Group during the 34th annual Sikh Festival, also known as Nagar Kirtan.
    Stephanie Perdue
  • Karnal Singh Bains, Rashpal Singh Taehar, Shangar Singh Gill, and Rajbir Singh Pannu wait for the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji to travel on the lead float.
    Stephanie Perdue
  • Henna tattoo artist Saman Mehndi decorates one of the thousands of attendees at the 34th annual Sikh Festival in Yuba City.
    Roxann Welker
  • Leading the float with the Sikh Holy Book are Sewardars who sweep the street clean during the 34th Annual Sikh Festival and Parade known as Nagar Kirtan.
    Roxann Welker
  • Rob Hughes, left and Paul Jones, Right Fought in Africa with British troops. Every unit had one Sikh guide. They were part of the parade at the 34th Annual Sikh festival.
    Roxanne Bull
  • Jeremy Lester hauls raw sugar cane over to the cane press to make a sweet drink at the Sikh Festival in Yuba City.
    Roxanne Bull
  • A man dresses up to represent the Arab portion of a joint Arab, Sikh, American and British unit that fought together during World War II during the Sikh Festival in Yuba City.
    Robert Barber
  • Paramjeet Singh watches over the sacred book, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji inside of the Sikh Temple in Yuba City.
    Robert Barber
  • A performer demonstrates a Sikh weapon during the 34th annual Sikh Festival and Parade held in Yuba City.
    Richard Morte
  • Gurnam Hera is pulling out the Bhatura (frybread) for the feeding of thousands at the Sikh Festival in Yuba City.
    Richard Morte
  • Sukhwinde Kaur Gill, a Sewardar or "volunteer sweeper," takes a moment of prayer before the float of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji - the Sikh Holy Text. It is moved from the Sikh Temple to a float that leads a parade through the streets of Yuba City, California. The Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is believed by devout Sikhs to by a living entity, and many Sewardars walk in front of the float sweeping away the dirt.
    Raleigh Barrett
  • Darshan Singh waits patiently for his turn to wave a chaur - a type of fan made of fine material used to clean the air around the holy book, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji - considered in Sikhism to be the Supreme Spiritual Authority and Head of the Sikh religion. There is no priestly class in Sikhism, and anyone from any age or gender can both read from the holy text or wave the chaur.
    Raleigh Barrett
  • One of the many cooks who helped to prepare over 400,000 meals for the Sikh Festival in Yuba City this weekend.
    Patricia Echeverri
  • The lead banner and flag bearers begin their six mile parade route during the 34th annual Sikh Parade in Yuba City
    Patricia Echeverri
  • A young man entertains a crowd while demonstrating Gatka, a ceremonial fighting style, at the Sikh Festival Sunday morning in Yuba City.
    Mollie Murbach | Sierra College
  • At the Sikh Festival on Sunday a young man demonstrates Gatka, a ceremonial weapons based form of martial arts
    Mollie Murbach
  • (Left to Right) Guards Sukhwinder Singh Hothl, Baivid Singh, Gurdaver Singh Pooni, Harjit Singh Johal and Harwinder Jeet Singh lead the parade at the 34th annual Sikh festival as the float where the Holy Book is kept follows behind them.
    Kalin Lippsmeyer
  • A Sikh takes his turn using the chaur to clean the air above where the Sikh holy book lies.
    Kalin Lippsmeyer
  • Gagardeep Kaur and Gurpreet Singh wait for the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the Sikh holy book to be transferred to the float that will lead the parade.
    Heather Gould
  • Women worshiping in the temple at the 34th annual Sikh festival held in Yuba City.
    Heather Gould
  • At the 34th Annual Sikh Festival, Mr. Singh pushes raw sugar cane into a press to make juice for the Sikh community to enjoy.
    Frank McClendon
  • Amanpreet Kaur & Amanjot Kaur enjoying the festivities at the 34th Annual Sikh Festival in Yuba City.
    Frank McClendon
  • Women and children gather in the Yuba City Gurdwara at the 34th annual Sikh Festival to present their offerings during the celebration of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
    Elizabeth Bond
  • Amarjit Kaur Singh precedes the lead float which carries the holy book through Yuba City at the 34th annual Sikh Festival.
    Elizabeth Bond
  • A young boy performs with the Sikh Martial Arts group at the Yuba City Sikh Festival.
    Debra Small
  • One of the many worshippers in the Sikh Temple during Nagar Kirtan in Yuba City.
    Debra Small
  • Guards Sukhwinder Singh Hothl and Baivid Singh wait for the parade to start. They are two of the five guards who walk in front of the lead float in the 34th annual Sikh Festival.
    David Blanchard
  • Niginder Singh hands parshad to a worshiper as a thank you for giving an offering in the temple. Parshad is made from butter, wheat flour, sugar and water.
    David Blanchard
  • Jaiveer Singh and other members of the Boys Scouts of America, Troop 600, from San Jose, prepare to carry their banner in the Sikh Parade on the six-mile route through Yuba City.
    Daryl M. Stinchfield
  • Amardeep Singh, Amritpal Singh and Jarnail Singh show their kirpans. These are daggers and symbols of their Sikhism. The three young men are members of the California Gatka Dal, a martial arts group.
    Daryl M. Stinchfield
  • Baivid Singh, Gurdaver Singh Pooni, and Harjit Singh Johal pray as they prepare to guide the lead float through Yuba City during the 34th annual Sikh Festival.
    Camden Hosea-Small
  • A musician plays the harmonium inside the Gurdwara in Yuba City as members of the Sikh community pray and give offerings during the celebration of the Holy Book, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, at the 34th annual Sikh Festival.
    Camden Hosea-Small
  • The lead float in the 34th annual Sikh Parade in Yuba City was surrounded by community members who celebrated the event.
    Anita Yoder
  • These young women were among the many who participated in the 34th annual Sikh Parade held Sunday in Yuba City. The parade attracted thousands of community members and other visitors.
    Anita Yoder
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