California Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month

The California legislature passed Resolution 147 that declared this November as Sikh Awareness and Appreciation month. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, wrote a letter to all County and District superintendents in the state, urging them to conduct "appropriate exercises to promote awareness of the contributions of Sikh Americans."  The Sikh Coalition, in collaboration with the California Sikh community, has worked to create a list of projects that you can lead in your city to celebrate Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month.


Click here for achievements from 2013
Click here for achievements from 2012


Below, you will find ideas and resources to help you execute these projects in your community. If you have any questions or need further information, please email

School Outreach

Display the Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month poster at your local school or library. 


Email (with name, address, quantity and display location) for free copies. 


Deliver a Sikh Awareness presentation. Here are some resources to help you: 


Encourage Educators to Teach Sikhism.


Ask your child's teacher to teach a lesson on Sikhs. Click here for our Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Educator Toolkit


Write letters to your County Superintendents of Education to encourage them to celebrate Sikh Awareness Month.  Here are some resources to help you: 






































Sikh Community Outreach

Work with your Khalsa School to create Sikh Awareness Projects. 


Find lessons and resources in our Khalsa School Toolkit for your Khalsa School class to celebrate Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month. Then, share your projects with your public school class.


Host public events at your Gurdwara.


Arrange to have teachers, police officers, etc. visit your local gurdwara during November. Here are some resources to help you: 



















Library Outreach

Ask your library to celebrate Sikh Awareness & Appreciation Month.


Find suggestions for events and resources in our Public Library Toolkit.










Media Outreach

Contact local media to cover what your city is doing to celebrate Sikh Awareness and Appreciation month.


Click here for talking points that you can use in your outreach. 










Government Outreach

Ask your local Mayor, City Council or School Board to introduce a Sikh Awareness Resolution.

Click here for tips on how to request a local resolution or proclamation. Email us at if you need assistance.







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