A US Congressman has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives to recognise the significance of Baisakhi and those who celebrate it.
"This resolution recognises the historic, cultural, and religious significance of the festival of Baisakhi," Congressman John Garamendi said on the House floor as he re-introduced the resolution.
Also known as 'Vaisakhi', Baisakhi 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' (saint-warriors) under Guru Gobind Singh in 1699, John 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 Baisakhi and those who celebrate it,” John Garamendi said.
In the United States, Baisakhi is celebrated with large processions, celebrations, and community service. Baisakhi 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 towards the future,” the lawmaker said.
April 13, he said, marks the start of the beginning of the Sikh religion and the start of the Punjabi New Year.
"Late 2020 and early 2021 has tested the Indian Sikh community, and I hope the coming months will be marked by peace, prosperity, and respect for all faith communities,” John Garamendi said.
The resolution, co-sponsored by more than a dozen other lawmakers including Dr Ami Bera and Frank Pallone, recognises the historic, cultural, and religious significance of the festival of Baisakhi.
Recognising the significance of Baisakhi to Sikh communities in the United States and around the world, the resolution expresses its respect for all communities that celebrate the festival.