Friday, April 21, 2006

Good Friday Walk to Santuario De Chimayo

Every year on Good Friday (the Friday before Easter) the largest pilgramage in the USA takes place. The destination is the Santuario de Chimayo (Sanctuary of Chimayo). Most of the pilgrims belong to the Catholic faith, and come from around the state of New Mexico, however, every year brings participants from all over the world and from different backgrounds. For more than 20 years and possibly more than 30 years the Sikh community in Española has continued in the tradition of Langar and served pilgrims refreshments on their sacred walk.
This year S.E.V.A. played an important role in continuing this tradition and expanding upon it. This is an initial set of some of the photographs from that day, with more to come.

Siri Deva Singh (background) has been organizing this seva (service) for the last few years. With the help of Hari Singh (foreground) and Prabhu Singh (not pictured) he ensured that the serving began around 6:30 in the morning.

Initially gatorade, lemonade and fruit were served, but as more volunteers, such as Guru Jot Singh (second from right), Guru Terath Kaur (last on right) and Sita Kaur (taking photograph), arrived they brought with them some cereal and energy bars that had been donated.

There was a steady flow of walkers to serve.

Sometimes crowds would build around the tables.

Some would study what was being offered.

Others would just grab something and keep going.

Some people were content and didn't want anything, however, even those who declined often said "Thank you anyway". The concept of Cherdi Kalaa (ever-rising high spirits) was definitely felt by all. With the pilgrims...
celebrating Easter, and the volunteers...

celebrating Bhaisakhi.

2 Comments:

Blogger Daniel I. Arellano said...

Thanks for your support of youth in northern New Mexico.

I will be positing some of my own pics from the 2008 walk. at www.danielarellano.com

4/29/2008 12:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Michael Herrick said...

I have enjoyed your hospitality on two Good Fridays. Thank you and God bless you and your community.

4/11/2009 03:15:00 PM  

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