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Española Sikhs share culture with local Community


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    Gurujot Singh Khalsa


    A few from The Española Sangat participated in Spañapalooza on Oct. 8th. This is an annual event with live music, poetry, free food, and lots of different groups, sharing information. There were 700 – 1,000 participants and about 30 booths.

    Our role in this event; We worked with ‘Interfaith Leap’ to get a table and served chilled Yogi Tea, jujubes and Kuldeep Singh gave free massages. He was the most popular feature of our table. He was a great sevadar, as he gave massages (actually he does neuro-muscular therapy) for a few hours straight. Otherwise people liked the jujubes we picked from SSS Yogi Bhajans Ranch property, and the chilled Yogi Tea. We also had flyers about yoga, herbology, and Sikhism.

    Kuldeep Singh doing neuro-muscular therapy

    We talked to community members from Española, and we were shocked when they asked us where we were from. We’re from Española and they didn’t know about us. This gave us the gratification of coming to this event and making our presence felt. I often feel that there is a culture gap between the Sikh Sangat and the Espanola local community.

    From left; Kuldeep with patient, Hari Singh, myself, Deva Singh. Sharing a Yogi Tea flyer and talking with 2 ladies.

    There was a lady who asked us about vegetarian recipes for her daughter who had become vegetarian. Another woman was interested in knowing the basics of Sikhism for her own general knowledge. Others took interest in the herbology and yoga class flyers. Many enjoyed a massage, and some new healthy snacks. I felt that the community liked seeing us with them in a relaxed social way. The organizers liked us very much, and invited us back next year to play gatka as well.

    From left; Akal Singh, Sita Kaur, Kuldeep Singh, Gurujot Singh, Deva Singh.

    I feel like we have so much to offer our community, and we just need to take an initiative. We look forward to making more public appearances, serving, making friends and closing the gap with the local community.

    Photos by Hari Singh Khalsa
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