Bole so nihal!

Bole so nihal! Sat sri akaal! That is the Sikh shout of victory and greeting, which we heard shouted many times today.

Today we drove to Yuba, CA to interview Dr. Jasbir Singh Kang. Dr. Kang is a spokesperson for the Sikh community there and a founding member of the Punjabi American Heritage Society.

On our way to Yuba we stopped by the Stockton Gurudwara, the first Sikh temple founded in the US. We were lucky to observe a demonstration Gatka, the traditional Sikh martial art. Afterwards we joined the Sikh community meal called langar. The food is cooked and served by volunteers and free for everyone – non-Sikhs, too. And it was delicious, better than restaurant quality!

Sarah’s thoughts on her first visit to a gurudwara: