Happy new year to my Punjabi, Bengali, Assamese, Tamil, Malayali, Oriya, Nepali, and Sinhala followers!

Vaisakhi (Punjabi New Year): ਵੈਸਾਖੀ ਮੁਬਾਰਕ! Vaisakhi mubarak!

Pohela Boishakh (Bengali New Year) and Bohag Bihu (Assamese New Year): শুভ নববর্ষ! Shubho noboborsho!

Puthandu (Tamil New Year): இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துகள்! Iniya tamizh puthandu nalvaazhthukal!

Vishu (Malayali New Year): വിഷു ആശംസകൾ! Vishu ashamsakal!

Pana Sankranti (Oriya New Year): ନବ ବର୍ଷ ର ଶୁଭକାମନା! Naba barsha ra shubhakamana!

Nepali New Year: नव वर्ष को शुभकामना! Nava barsha ko shubhakamana!

Aluth Avurudda (Sinhala New Year):  සුභ අලුත් අවුරුද්දක් වේවා! Suba aluth awuruddak wewa!

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The Harmandir Sahib
Amritsar, Punjab, India
“The Golden Temple“
Built: 1585–1604 

(Source)  

“Golden Temple or Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji,is located in Amritsar,Punjab (India). The Golden Temple, also referred to as the Darbar Sahib, is of significant importance to the Sikh faith. The location of the Golden Temple, originally a small lake in a deep forest,has long been recognised as a place of spiritual significance. 

It is said that Buddha spent some time there,and later the first Sikh Guru,Guru Nanak Dev Ji, meditated at the Lake. Subsequent Sikh Guru’s further developed the site,and soon the the city of Amritsar grew around the Harmandir Sahib. From simple beginnings to the current striking Golden Temple, it is a truly unique,and for the Sikh’s a central,place of worship.

In and amongst the hustle and bustle of India stands a timeless place of worship,where one can listen to enchanting hymns that captivate both devotees and tourists alike. “I have seen many places,but none like Thee”
– Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji.

Golden Temple Amritsar.co.uk soughts to provide information about the Gurdwara (or Temple) from the early history to the present day. General visitor information together with photographs and art capturing the Golden Temple through the ages will give you an insight into the place and people that have been touched by it.”

It’s like, Sikh-Americans can’t love India because we’ve been getting slaughtered by the Indian government but we can’t love America because we’re greeted with xenophobic reactions. We aren’t welcomed in our Motherland and we aren’t welcomed abroad. We have been robbed of our home.

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Cultural appreciation post time! Since a young age I have been influenced by my culture, upbringing and religion and I am thankful for being bought up this way. My Punjabi culture is very beautiful and I love to embrace it and show it in every manner possible.

It may not be a bindi (I am totally with the movement of reclaiming the bindi, its amazing to see so many folks representing and truly embracing the cultural aspect of it!) but in these images the reference to the pagh (turban, in my instance the one I wear when I dance as I am a bhangra dancer) or even a rumaal (handkerchief) worn in a Gurdwara or even a kurta pajama which I absolutely love to wear (I have many haha). 

These are all little symbols of faith and culture of which I love to represent and I am so proud to be a Sikh, its such a beautiful culture to belong to.