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Cultural Harmony in Maryland: Governor’s House Becomes Centerstage for Vaisakhi Festivities

Sikhs of Maryland Delighted as Vaisakhi Returns to Governor's Residence.

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Maryland Governor Wes Moore and Lieutenant Governor Aruna Miller extended their heartfelt congratulations to the Sikh community as Vaisakhi, an important Sikh festival, was celebrated after an eight-year hiatus at the Maryland Governor’s House. The event, organized by the Governor’s Commission under the leadership of Chairman Jasdip Singh Jesse, was a resounding success.

Maryland's Sikh Punjabi Community Rejoices as Vaisakhi Returns to Governor's Residence After 8 Years

Jasdip Singh Jesse, a prominent figure within the Sikh community, has been serving as the Chair of the Governor’s Commission on South Asian American Affairs since his selection by the commission on August 29, 2012. With nearly 12 years of dedicated service in this position, Jesse has played a crucial role in promoting the welfare of South Asian Americans in Maryland. Moreover, he serves as the chairman of Sikhs of America, Inc., a political activist, and a successful businessman of Indian descent residing in Maryland. He is widely recognized for founding the Republican group Sikhs for Trump, which advocated for President Trump.

Maryland's Sikh Punjabi Community Rejoices as Vaisakhi Returns to Governor's Residence After 8 Years

Expressing his gratitude, Jasdip Singh Jesse, who played a pivotal role in organizing the event, conveyed his appreciation to Governor Wes Moore and Lt. Governor Aruna Miller, stating, “We thank you for opening your house to the Sikh community and celebrating Vaisakhi with us.” He acknowledged that Governor Moore had fulfilled his promise to host the Vaisakhi celebration at his residence, as indicated during discussions with Jesse prior to the event. Jesse also extended his thanks to Governor Moore for establishing Maryland as a sister state to Indian states such as Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Punjab.

Maryland's Sikh Punjabi Community Rejoices as Vaisakhi Returns to Governor's Residence After 8 Years
Maryland's Sikh Punjabi Community Rejoices as Vaisakhi Returns to Governor's Residence After 8 Years

Notable attendees at the event included President Kanwaljit Singh Soni, Vice President Baljinder Singh Shami, Sajid Tarar, Ahmed Rana, Gul Sher, Moazzam Sahi, Inderjit Singh Gujral, Gurwinder Singh Sethi, Maninder Singh Sethi, Jaswinder Singh Johnny, Harbir Batra, Prabhjot Batra, Dalveer Singh from Sikhs of America, Inc. USA. Other distinguished individuals, such as Charanjit Singh Sarpanch, Chairman of Gurdwara Sikh Association of Baltimore, Ratan Singh, Hariraj Singh, Preet Thakkar, Dr. Sudhir Saxeria, and D.M., as well as eminent personalities from Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, also graced the occasion.

Maryland's Sikh Punjabi Community Rejoices as Vaisakhi Returns to Governor's Residence After 8 Years

One remarkable aspect of the event was the inclusive participation of representatives from various communities, including Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, and Christian. The festivities commenced with a soul-stirring rendition of ‘Dehi Siva Baru Mohi Ihai Subh Karman Te Kabhun Na Troon’ by Bhai Savinder Singh’s Kirtni Jatha. Governor Wes Moore, after delivering an inspiring speech, extended his congratulations to the Sikh community, acknowledging their significant contributions to America’s progress. He lauded the rich history of the Sikh faith and emphasized its core principle of seeking the welfare of all. Notably, he paid tribute to the “five lovers” in his address.

Maryland's Sikh Punjabi Community Rejoices as Vaisakhi Returns to Governor's Residence After 8 Years
Maryland's Sikh Punjabi Community Rejoices as Vaisakhi Returns to Governor's Residence After 8 Years

In a warm welcome address, Lt. Governor Aruna Miller expressed her delight at hosting the Sikh community and shared a brief biography of Dalip Singh Sondh, the first Asian congressman elected in 1940. As the event unfolded, Sikhs of America honored Governor Wes Moore, the First Lady, and Lt. Governor Aruna Miller with siropa, a traditional gesture of respect. The evening concluded with a sumptuous dinner provided for all guests.

Maryland's Sikh Punjabi Community Rejoices as Vaisakhi Returns to Governor's Residence After 8 Years
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