Resolution introduced in US Congress to recognise significance of Baisakhi

This resolution recognises the historic, cultural and religious significance of the festival, Congressman John Garamendi says on the House floor

Resolution introduced in US Congress to recognise significance of Baisakhi

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Washington, April 15

A US Congressman has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives to recognise the significance of 'Vaisakhi' and those who celebrate it.

"This resolution recognises the historic, cultural and religious significance of the festival of 'Vaisakhi'," Congressman John Garamendi said on the House floor as he re-introduced the Baisakhi resolution.

Also known as Baisakhi, Vaisakhi is a spring season harvest festival for Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists. It also marks the Sikh New Year and commemorates the formation of Khalsa Panth under Guru Gobind Singh in 1699, Garamendi said.

The Congressman from California is co-chair of the Sikh Caucus in the House.

“Madam Speaker, I encourage all Members of the House to join me in recognising the significance of Vaisakhi and those who celebrate it,” Garamendi said.

In the United States, Vaisakhi is celebrated with large processions, celebrations and community service. Vaisakhi celebrates community, prosperity, and continued progress in the year ahead, he said.

“As our country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that we celebrate the strength of our communities and the sacrifice it will take to defeat the coronavirus and look toward the future,” the lawmaker said. PTI

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