Washington, Oct.19 : U.S Presidential hopeful Barack Obama has extended his congratulations to the Sikh community here on the Tercentenary celebrations of Guruship of Guru Granth Sahib.
Obama, in his letter, addressed to the American Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee, appreciated the opportunity to welcome everyone to the Tercentenary Celebration of the Guruship of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, hosted by the American Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee.
"This event provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate this significant and memorable milestone in Sikh history and culture. Throughout the world, Sikh communities are celebrating the tercentenary of the Guruship of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, " Obama said.
Obama stated: "Sri Guru Granth Sahib is considered the universal spiritual leader and guiding light for the Sikh community. In 1708, Guru Gobind Singh officially ordained Guru Granth Sahib as the final and perpetual Guru of Sikhs. This worldwide celebration will commemorate the 300 years of consecration of Guru Granth Sahib and the anniversary of the accession of Guru Gobind Singh.On this momentous occasion, both Sikh and non-Sikh community members will gather together to promote honour the contributions that Gurus have made to the Sikh community."
Obama also thanked the Sikhs for their efforts to promote cultural diversity.
"I would like to extend my congratulations to the American Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee and thank them for their ongoing efforts to promote cultural diversity and awareness on behalf of the Sikh community. I offer my best wishes for the success of tonight's event."
Meanwhile, Mike Honda, Congressman, known for his association with the Sikh community and his support to them during hate-crime phase, has also sent his greetings to all Sikhs on this special occasion.
Dr. Pritpal Singh, Coordinator, American Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, said: " Of the various Gurudwaras across America, many U.S officials including Senate members , will attend the two day celebrations to be organised here between Oct.19-20." By Ravinder Singh Robin