People of all faiths joined local Sikhs for a peace march down Main Street on Saturday morning.

Now in its second year, the march coincided with the holiday of Vaisakhi, which is the day in 1699 when Sikhism was officially proclaimed as an independent religion.

As part of the event, Sikh leaders showed followers of other religions how to wear turbans, and the marchers ended at New Ark United Church of Christ where several participants and faith leaders spoke.

Before the march, participants used sand to create snowflakes on the ground to represent their diversity. At the end, they joined together to create a large snowman.

“Snowflakes are unique, but for the sake of peace they come together to make a snowman,” organizer Charanjeet Singh Minhas said, explaining the symbolism.

The peace walk was part of Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month in Delaware and was intended as a way for Sikh leaders to educate people about their faith in an attempt to promote tolerance.

That need for tolerance was evident Saturday, when a group of men in a pickup truck yelled slurs as they drove past the marchers.

“I pray to God that he blesses them,” Minhas said. “Over time, I hope the movement for peace will overcome their objections.”

(6) comments

Rich black

Why does the official SIhk religion call on all males to carry a sword or knife on them at all times? google it. That doesn't seem very peaceful.

CitizenOfNewark

Is this a problem in Newark? Is there a tolerance deficit?

retch

Yes, there is a "tolerance deficit" and it is tucked in neatly right next to the "budget deficit". Deficits everywhere in Newark, look no further than council to find its origin.

Reality

The article states "men in a pickup truck yelled slurs as they drove past the marchers," so I would say yes, there is definitely a tolerance deficit from at least some in the Newark region.

retch

I'll agree completely for the need for tolerance. Not from "drive by's" but from the marchers themselves. They didn't seem very tolerant of my wife and I who were walking on the same side of Main Street but in the opposite direction. We had to get off of the sidewalk to let the marchers past us. We should have seen some tolerance from the crowd of marchers.

Bullwinkle000

Hug a Sikh, hug a Jew, hug an African, hug an illegal, hug a gay/lesbian, hug a liberal.....everyone wants to be noticed !!

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