As communities of all faiths gather for winter celebrations, we bring you this email in the spirit of langar
, the practice of preparing free meals for all who visit a gurdwara
, a place of assembly and worship for Sikhs.
Originating in India's Punjab region, Sikhism
is the world’s fifth largest religion; an estimated 500,000 practicing Sikhs live in the United States. In the wake of 9/11, American Sikhs, alongside American Muslims, experienced an increase in hate crimes that reverberates 20 years later
. In April, the Sikh community in Indianapolis was shaken by a shooting
that claimed eight lives, including four Sikhs. As a largely immigrant community, American Sikhs face language barriers and discrimination in the workplace.