Mayor Tom Micozzie honored the Sikh community in Upper Darby at April’s Council meeting by recognizing the Sikh harvest holiday, Vaisahki.
“In learning their culture, you learn a lot of different things,” Micozzie said. “This particular day, I found out was the Harvest Day. It’s a very meaningful day throughout their community.”
Micozzie read that Vaisahki is a holiday celebrating the spring harvest and commemorating the 1699 gathering at Punjab, India.
“The Sikh faith was established in Punjab in the 1400s,” he said. “The Sikh people number in the tens of millions worldwide and 500,000 in the United States,” Micozzie read. Vaisahki is marked with parades, dancing, singing and other festivities.
“The Sikh community of Upper Darby Township is also part of the rich cultural fabric of this Commonwealth, makes many valuable contributions in many professions and to the communities,” Micozzie said.
Upon completion of his proclamation, Micozzie provided certificates of recognition to members of the Sikh temple. The Council meeting took a three minute recess for a group photo of all the Sikh community members in attendance with Micozzie.
In other matters, Upper Darby SWAT team members and paramedics received the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for an operation on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 at 6 a.m. to arrest a resident, Lamar James, who was connected to a shooting in Philadelphia on Oct. 27th of that year.