Bill Text: CA AR37 | 2021-2022 | Regular Session | Introduced

Bill Title: Relative to Vaisakhi.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 55-18-1)

Status: (Passed) 2021-04-12 - Read. Adopted. [AR37 Detail]

Download: California-2021-AR37-Introduced.html


House Resolution
No. 37

Introduced by Assembly Member Kalra

April 06, 2021

Relative to Vaisakhi.


HR 37, as introduced, Kalra.

WHEREAS, Vaisakhi, also spelled Baisakhi, is an ancient festival of great significance to Sikhs, Hindus, and Buddhists in many regions of India and other parts of South and Southeast Asia, and is celebrated annually on April 13 or 14 by many Californians with Sikh and Indian heritage; and
WHEREAS, Vaisakhi, in several parts of Northern India, especially Punjab, is a long-established harvest festival, which predates Sikhism, to celebrate the agricultural year and pray for abundant “rabi” crop produce for the next season; and
WHEREAS, For Sikhs and Sikh Americans, Vaisakhi holds special religious and historical significance because it commemorates the creation of Khalsa by the 10th Guru Gobind Singh in 1699, whereby five Sikhs called “Panj Piaray” or “Beloved Five” were transformed into leaders of the faith to defend religious freedom in front of thousands at Anandpur Sahib and unified Sikhs into a family of soldier saints, known as the Khalsa Panth; and
WHEREAS, Guru Gobind Singh, during the formation of Khalsa, initiated the “Panj Kakkar” or “Five K’s” tradition of the Khalsa that continues to be the basis for the unique Sikh identity, whereby Sikhs wear Kesh (uncut hair), Kanga (a wooden comb), Kara (an iron or steel bracelet worn on the wrist), Kirpan (an article of faith taking the form of a sword), and Kachera (short breeches); and
WHEREAS, For Hindus and Hindu Americans, the first day of Vaisakhi marks the traditional solar new year and is celebrated in diverse ways to mark spring harvest and the sacredness of rivers in Hindu culture, and many Hindus celebrate Vaisakhi by going to temple to pay respects and seek blessings, by bathing in the sacred “Ganga” river, and by attending “melas,” or lively fairs; and
WHEREAS, The Sikh American celebration of Vaisakhi embodies an array of religious and cultural celebrations, including worship, parades, dancing, and singing throughout the day and includes performing seva (selfless service), such as providing free meals to the needy and inviting visitors to Gurdwaras (Houses of Worship); and
WHEREAS, Sikh Gurdwaras throughout the world and in California are decorated and hold celebrations, and many Sikh Americans choose to be baptized as Khalsa on this day; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the Assembly recognizes this year’s Vaisakhi celebration on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, and encourages Californians to take part in this joyous day of celebration; and be it further
Resolved, That the Assembly observes Vaisakhi as one of the most significant days for Sikh Americans and Sikh history and in observance of Vaisakhi, expresses its deepest respect for all who observe and celebrate Vaisakhi with South Asian Americans and the Indian diaspora throughout the world on this significant occasion; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.