5 Things to Take Along to Nagar Kirtan Sikh Parade

5 Items You Won't Want to be Without at a Sikh Parade

Yuba City Nagar Kirtan is a Guru Gadee Diwas musical procession in which devotees sing hymns and play instruments while parading through town with the Guru Granth Sahib Scripture. The parade takes place in the fall and like as not you may encounter rainy weather. But don't let that dampen your enthusiasm in any way. Take these five things along to help you be prepared come what may in order to have a glorious day at any Annual Sikh parade.
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Musical Instruments

Instruments at Yuba City Nagar Kirtan
Instruments at Yuba City Nagar Kirtan. Photo © [Khalsa Panth]

Nagar Kirtan is a music festival so if you are at all musically inclined take along your favorite portable instrument and join in the kirtan. You can ride on a float, walk in the parade and carry your instrument or stand on the sidelines and sing.

Instruments to bring:

  • Vaja or Harmonium
  • Tabla, Dhol or drum.
  • Dilruba, Guitar or Sitar
  • Kartel, Tambourine or other hand held shakers.

    If you plan to ride on a float, a microphone and loud speakers will help broad cast your kirtan.

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    Camera and Cell phone

    Singh With Camera
    Singh With Camera. Photo © [Khalsa Panth]
    Be sure to take along a camera or a cell phone with a camera feature for taking photographs of the Nagar Kirtan. A cell phone is also a vital way to keep in touch with friends and family as there is so much to do and see, that its very easy to be come separated.
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    Umbrella and Rain Gear

    Turbans in the Rain at Yuba City Nagar Kirtan
    Turbans in the Rain at Yuba City Nagar Kirtan. Photo © [S Khalsa]

    Check the weather. If there is a possibility of rain, remember to take an umbrella. Other rain gear may come in handy that can hold up to a drenching such as a weather proof jacket, rain coat, or hoodie. You may want to use a plastic shower cap to cover your turban if you wear one. Wear shoes or boots which you don't mind getting muddy which come off easily in case you want to hop on a float, or go inside the gurdwara.

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    Wallet, Tote Bag or Back Pack

    Pup in Tote Bag at Yuba City Parade
    Pup in Tote Bag at Yuba City Parade. Photo © [S Khalsa]
    A tote bag, or back pack is convenient to stash away any freebees freely given out, and for any irresistible items you may wish to purchase when shopping at bazaars. Be sure to save up ahead of time, and take your wallet along in case you come across any hard to find religious items, or other must have treasures (like the adorable pup in the photo some one had at the Yuba City Parade).
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    Stroller or Shopping Cart

    Stroller in the Rain at Yuba City Parade
    Stroller in the Rain at Yuba City Parade. Photo © [S Khalsa]

    Parade routes usually cover several miles. If you have child under the age of five years with you, take along a stroller, as little legs tire easily, and parent's arms wear out very before long. You will want your hands free for eating when you visit langar tents and food booths. The stroller is also handy for feeding your child, stashing a diaper bag, rain gear and other items you take along, or acquire while at the parade, or bazaar. If you don't have a little one, consider taking along a small portable folding shopping cart to stash rain gear and other items that you carry with you, gifts which are given out for free, or for things you purchase.

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