LOS ANGELES (RNS) — With a grand presentation of melodious hymns, a two-mile parade in downtown Los Angeles and free food for thousands, the celebration of Vaisakhi for Sikhs in Southern California is no small occasion. But this year, the community is faced with the challenge of honoring a festive, holy day during the coronavirus pandemic.

Vaisakhi, which falls on April 13 or 14 (depending on the calendar used), is one of the most important days of the year for Sikhs. It marks the anniversary of when the tenth Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, created the Khalsa in 1699, formalizing Sikhism as a faith and community.

Many Sikhs feel a great sense of pride on Vaisakhi and frequently choose to take part in a

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