For Immediate Release
Cyclists To Ride 100 Miles to Yuba City to Celebrate Yuba City Nagar Kirtan
November 1, 2019 (Yuba City, CA) – On Saturday, November 2, 2019, cyclists will be riding from Stockton, CA to Yuba City, CA to commemorate the Yuba City Nagar Kirtan on November 3, and to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith.
Known as the “Sikh Century,” the cyclists will ride their bikes over 100 miles (known in cycling as a century), starting from the Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Temple in Stockton, which is recognized as the first Gurdwara in the US, to the Gurdwara Sahib, Yuba City, home of the largest Sikh celebration in the US. The route will take the cyclists through Sacramento and stops at other Gurdwaras on the route. The last time the Sikh Century was held was in 2013.
“In 2012, we decided to ride a century route to celebrate the centennial of the first Gurdwara in the United States. We ride to reflect on our collective history, to celebrate the Sikh community in California, take part in a fun and healthy activity, connect with local communities, and commit to another 100 years of service,” says Jaskaran Singh, who founded the ride in 2012. After this year’s ride, it is planned to open this ride to the public next year.
Guru Nanak was born in 1469 in Nankana Sahib, Punjab. He traveled long distances by foot to preach about the Oneness and equality of humanity. Nine Gurus succeeded him and his followers became known as Sikhs. His teachings are recorded as a large portion of the Guru Granth Sahib, which is now recognized as the Guru of the Sikhs today.
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