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Yuba City Sikh Festival

November 2-4, 2018

Sikh Temple Tierra Buena
2468 Tierra Buena Road
Yuba City, California 95993
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On Nov. 4, Yuba City celebrates the largest Sikh Festival outside of India.
Author: Samantha Solomon
Published: 12:07 PM PDT October 23, 2018
Updated: 5:25 AM PDT October 24, 2018
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In 1979, the Yuba City Sikh Festival was just in its infancy, attracting a small, but energetic crowd of festival-goers.

This year, on Sunday, Nov. 4, the annual Nagar Kirtan festival and parade expects to have over 100,000 people, swamping the streets of Yuba City with fun activities and celebrations.

For at least two months every year, the Sikh Temple Gurdwara in Yuba City prepares for what has been labeled as the largest Sikh event outside of India. The planning is large-scale — there are multiple activities, events, and ceremonies that occur throughout the entire weekend. The event is open to the public and is free.



Activities include:

Dozens of decorative floats
A gatka sword dancing demonstration
A bazaar with stopping stalls
Additionally, each year, Sikh families in the community cook and donate an incredible amount of free food to give to those who attend the event. In the past, an estimated 400,000 Indian meals have been served over a single festival weekend to attendees of the parade.

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The parade marks the end of three days full of festivities. A 4.5-mile walk along a procession of floats winds through Yuba City. Rain or shine, people of all faiths, from all around the world, join the parade route as devotional hymns sail through the air.

When:

Nov. 2 Nov. 4th

Where:

Sikh Temple Gurdwara

2468 Tierra Buena Road

Yuba City, CA 95993-9654

Schedule of events:

Friday 9 p.m. Fireworks at the Sikh Temple

Saturday Open House & Reception

Sunday  11 a.m. Nagar Kirtan and Sikh Parade

Friday  The  Guru Gadee inaugural event in Yuba City CA starts off by worship service and kirtan.
8 p.m. Diwali Fireworks

Saturday  9 a.m. Raising of Nishan Sahib, the Sikh flag followed by morning worship and kirtan.
2 p.m. Open house, tour of gurdwara complex and grounds. 6 pm until Midnight - Rain sabaee kirtan worship service.

Sunday  11 a.m. Guru Gadee Nagar Kirtan 37th Annual Sikh Parade. A float bearing Guru Granth Sahib is followed by a procession of floats and devotees winding through the streets of Yuba City along a 4 1/2 mile loop.

Events are open to the public, everyone is welcome to attend. Langar, an estimated 400,000 free meals, served throughout the weekend.

Dozens of decorative floats.
A gatka sword dancing demonstration.
A bazaar with shopping stalls and sellers of hard to find Sikh clothing, articles of faith, books, and a variety of other items such as dry good, blankets and carpets.

2017 Entertainment

The Yuba City 38th Annual Sikh Parade commemorates the Guru Gaddee inauguration holiday of Sikhism's holy scripture, Siri Guru Granth Sahib, as the everlasting guru of the Sikhs. Every year, rain or shine, an increasing number of Sikh devotees and spectators flock to Yuba City, California for a weekend of festivities and the time honored tradition of Nagar Kirtan, a parade featuring devotional hymns.. All ethnic are welcomed. No matter what race, color religion you are please come and join us. Come support and learn the Sikh religion. 2017 Yuba City Annual Sikh Inaugural Festival Events Schedule:

Friday November 3: 8 am - The 2017 Guru Gadee inaugural event in Yuba City CA starts off by worship service and kirtan. 8 pm Diwali Fireworks

Saturday November 4: 9 am - Raising of Nishan Sahib, the Sikh flag followed by morning worship and kirtan. 2 pm - Open house, tour of gurdwara complex and grounds. 6 pm until Midnight - Rain sabaee kirtan worship service.

Sunday November 5: 11 am - Guru Gadee Nagar Kirtan 38th Annual Sikh Parade. A float bearing Guru Granth Sahib is followed by a procession of floats and devotees winding through the streets of Yuba City along a 4 1/2 mile loop.

Events are open to the public, everyone is welcome to attend. Langar, an estimated 400,000 free meals, served throughout the weekend. Dozens of decorative floats. A gatka sword dancing demonstration. A bazaar with shopping stalls and sellers of hard to find Sikh clothing, articles of faith, books, and a variety of other items such as dry good, blankets and carpets. Langar offered in the gurdwara langar hall, and from free food booths both on the gurdwara grounds and all along the parade route In the past years, estimates say that there has been at least 85,00-95,000 people in attendance from all around the country and around the world have attended. Don't forget to attend and make sure you invite all your family & friends! - end 2017 entertainment

Langar offered in the gurdwara langar hall, and from free food booths both on the gurdwara grounds and all along the parade route

All ethnic are welcomed. No matter what race, color religion. Events are open to the public, everyone is welcome to attend. Langar, an estimated 400,000 free meals, served throughout the weekend.

Friday
8 am -  Guru Gadee inaugural event in Yuba City CA starts off by worship service and kirtan.
8 pm Diwali Fireworks
Saturday
9 am - Raising of Nishan Sahib, the Sikh flag followed by morning worship and kirtan.
2 pm - Open house, tour of gurdwara complex and grounds.
6 pm until Midnight - Rain sabaee kirtan worship service.
Sunday 
11 am - Guru Gadee Nagar Kirtan   Annual Sikh Parade. A float bearing Guru Granth Sahib is followed by a procession of floats and devotees winding through the streets of Yuba City along a 4 1/2 mile loop.

In the past years, estimates say that there has been at least 85,00-95,000 people in attendance from all around the country and around the world have attended.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.


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