By Bob Katzen

The House approved and sent to the Senate legislation making the month of April Sikh Appreciation Month in recognition of the significant contributions Sikhs have made to the Bay State and to the United States.

“Designating Sikh Appreciation Month is a way to honor the Sikh community for sharing the importance of equality, service to others, freedom of religion, inclusiveness and cultivating a space where everyone is welcome,” said co-sponsor Rep. Christine Barber (D-Somerville).

“April marks important celebrations for Sikhs, especially Vaisakhi, the spring festival celebrating the birth of Sikhism as a collective faith,” said co-sponsor Rep. Patricia Duffy (D-Holyoke). “It is a time to honor the Sikh values of truth, compassion, generosity, service and spirituality.”

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