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Oldest Sikh Temple holds Sikh Day New Year parade
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Sikhs from Lathrop and Manteca will join other members from all over San Joaquin County in celebrating the annual Sikh Day Parade in Stockton commemorating the Sikh New Year. The parade will be held through downtown Stockton on Sunday, April 18, from noon to 4 p.m. and will end at the Sikh Temple at 1930 S. Grant Street. The celebration is open to the public.

The Stockton Sikh Temple is considered the oldest in the United States. It was built in 1915 by the early Sikh settlers in the San Joaquin Valley who found this area quite similar to their old Punjab region in India. Among the members of this temple are the family and relative of Lathrop Councilman Sonny Dhaliwal whose father is one of the temple’s leaders. Other Dhaliwal family members living in Manteca also belong to this Stockton temple.