Diwali (Bandi Chor Diwas) in Sikh Gurudwara DC – Thu, 19-Oct-2017

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!!

Bandi Chorh Diwas is a day on which Guru Hargobind Sahib was released with 52 Kings from Gwalior Prison. The word “Bandi” means “imprisoned”, “Chhor” means “release” and “Divas” means “day” and together “Bandi Chhor Divas” means Prisoner Release Day. It is celebrated with great joy as it was a time when “right” prevailed over “wrong”. The Mughals had held many hundreds of prisoners who were effectively “political prisoners” and were otherwise innocent leaders of their communities. They had been held without trial or any other legal process; jailed by brute force; held against their wishes. The lives of 52 local kings had been saved without a single shot and without a battle!

Diwan Timings: 07:00 PM to 09:00PM
Langar: 09:00 PM onwards

Sikh Gurdwara DC participation in Unity Walk 2017

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!!

Sikh Gurdwara DC participated in Unity Walk 2017 with multiple other religious groups. This year 1300+ people were able to get langar (free lunch) in Gurdwara. Here are some moments captured.


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Watch Sikh American on ABC News ‘What Would You Do’ – Do Watch and Share

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ABC News’ ‘What Would you Do?’ (WWYD) has featured a story highlighting discrimination of a Sikh American male at a clothing store. The show presents a staged scenario where staff at a clothing store discriminate against a Sikh American patron.

Small Video (7min 51sec) with Great thought to think and share everywhere
Title of Video: What Would You Do: Sales clerk discriminates against Sikh man

WWYD is a situational hidden camera program that features actors acting out scenes of conflict or illegal activity in public settings while hidden cameras record the scene. The show’s premise focuses on whether or not bystanders intervene, and how, if they saw a Sikh man being discriminated by an employee of a business who refuses to serve him because of his turban and the way he looks? Will customers step in and defend him?

SALDEF collaborated closely with the ABC producers and casting agents for the show to identify Sikh candidates for the role as well as to ensure that the story accurately reflects Sikhi and the experiences of the Sikh American community.

For two decades SALDEF has worked to ensure accurate and positive portrayals of Sikhs and Sikh Americans in the media, particularly around issues of unconscious bias, discomfort with the the Sikh articles of faith (panj kakars), and the media’s responsibility to deliver accurate information.

READ: SALDEF Meets with Major Television Networks

We encourage the community to watch the airing of this event and to share comments on social media and via your networks. Please mention @saldef on Twitter and Facebook and @SikhAmericans on Instagram.


Hope 4 Kapil: Fundraising to help Kapil beat cancer

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!!

Kapil is 45 years old and father of 3 beautiful children including a newborn. Kapil was recently diagnosed with Myelofibrosis, a rare type of blood cancer.

Kapil’s condition is deteriorating rapidly. His hemoglobin is under 7 g/dl and he is taking blood transfusions every 2 weeks. His ONLY chance of survival is getting stem cell transplant, an expensive and risky procedure.

The entire situation is causing financial distress on Kapil and his family. Medical costs are high and covered only partially by insurance. Loss of income for indefinite period, costs of post-transplant logding and caregiving, and childcare costs are all very daunting.

Kapil is extremely grateful for any financial help he could get. All donations are tax deductible with donations going directly to pay for medical and treatment-related expenses for Kapil.

Thank you for giving hope to Kapil. He and his family is counting on you.

For donations, visit: https://onetoonefunds.crowdsterapp.com/kapilvij

For those interested in making payments via checks, please write the check in the name of Bone Marrow Foundation, and mail the check to Abhi Agrawal, 3119 Dell Place, Glenview, IL 60025.HOPE4KAPIL flyer diff orgs Kapil - Newspaper Flyer - All drives Kapil Fundraising Poster

Fifth year anniversary of the shooting in Oak Creek

He was 12. He had just moved to America. Then his Sikh father was murdered.

Prabhjot’s father always told him that he must go to the temple every week, so here he was this Sunday, just like every Sunday and usually other days of the week, too. Here he was, at the place where he met his friends and ate his favorite Indian foods and paused quietly to pray. Here he was, at the place where his father was killed.


Updates on Khalsa School DC: Please Read (School starts from 17Sep)

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!!

The Khalsa School at DC will open on 17th September. The school is being expanded & renovated. Work is still in progress. The School School families are requested to bear with us and join us for Gurtagaddi diwas on 3rd Sep and Unity Walk on the 10th Sep.

Meanwhile registration for the school is open in the upcoming weeks for Primary, intermediate, Advance and Adult Classes. The timings for the classes are:

12 to 1:30 PM for Primary Class
12 to 2:00 PM for the Intermediate Class
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM for Advance & Adult Classes

For any questions or concerns contact Harpreet Kaur.
Email: Preeeet4@yahoo.com
Cell443 939 2654

DC Gurmat School: Registration Open (School Starts 03Sep)

Saadh Sangat Ji,

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!!

Sikh Gurdwara DC Khalsa School Registration is open. Please refer flyer for more details.


DC Gurmat School

Guru Granth Sahib Ji Prakash Utsav on 03Sep: Akhand Paath Seva starts 01Sep

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!!

Saadh Sangat Ji,

Please join all of us to celebrate the first prakash purab celebrations of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji on Sun, 03-Sep-2016 in DC Gurdwara. Please find schedule mentioned below.

Also, Akhand Paath starts from tomorrow Friday, 01Sep2016. So, please join for paath (prayer) sewa or listening sewa.



Unity Walk in DC 2017 – Sep9 and Sep10

Saadh Sangat Ji,

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!!



Did you know?
The sacred scripture of Sikhism is called Guru Granth Sahib in reverence. It’s a large collection of hymns of Gurus and other innumerable Muslim and Hindu saints. This makes it one of the world’s only “interfaith scripture”!

Interfaith Picnic
at the Washington National Cathedral
Saturday, September 9th 5-8pm
3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Bring your friends and family for an Interfaith picnic on the Cathedral west lawn. The night will end with Havdalah (the Jewish ritual that marks the end of Shabbat).

Interfaith Picnic

People of all faiths and cultures from around the  DC region will walk down “Embassy Row” and visit houses of worship and other religious centers in a public celebration of unity and support for our diverse community. The Unity Walk is open and free to everyone. There is a suggested donation of $25 for adults and $10 for students, seniors, and those of limited income.

Unity Walk is Green!
Don’t forget that bringing your own water bottle and utensils goes a long way in making our region friendly towards the environment.

Unity Walk
Sunday, September 10th 12:30-5 pm

Resource Fair 12:30-1:30 pm
Walk begins 1:30 pm
Starts at
: Washington Hebrew Congregation
Address: 3935 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016


Akhand Paath From 11Aug & Need Volunteers on Sat for Langar Distribution to Homeless

Saadh Sangat Ji,

Waheguru Ji Kha Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!!

We have Akhand paath in Gurdwara starting Fri, 11Aug and will complete on Sun, 13Aug. Please join us with family and friends for paath seva.

Also, as you all know that Sikh Gurdwara DC distributes langar to homeless people in every two weeks, we need volunteers this week in Sikh Gurdwara DC on Sat, 12Aug around 11AM to distribute langar to homeless people in DC. So, please let us know if you can help. Please reach out directly to Mr. Sukhpal Singh Dhanoa Ji (804-564-4208) for any queries or confirmation.