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COLOURS OF PUNJAB ON ITALY STREETS: Sikh temple opens in Italy’s farming heartland

August 22nd, 2011

Thousands of Sikhs attended today the inauguration ceremony of a major new temple in Italy’s farming heartland in the Po River Valley, where many members of the community work as livestock farmers.

A helicopter dropped flower petals at the event in Pessina Cremonese, which was attended by Sikhs from across northern Italy as well as mayor Dalido Malaggi who thanked the Sikh community for reviving the region’s declining farming sector.

“The Sikhs have saved the local economy,”Malaggi said.

“They work in the farming businesses where our young people don’t go any more.”

The town website describes it as “a municipality free of racial prejudice.”

The temple, or gurdwara, is located about 100 kilometres (62 miles) southeast of Milan. It can hold 600 people and is one of the biggest in Italy.

Members of the Sikh community take part in a ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new temple in Pessina Cremonese, northern Italy August 21, 2011. REUTERS/Paolo Bona

FESTIVE CHEER: Sikhs celebrate the inauguration of a new gurdwara in Italy’s Po River Valley,where many members of the community work as livestock farmers.A helicopter dropped petals at the event in Pessina Cremonese,which was attended by Sikhs from across northern Italy. The Pessina Cremonese gurdwara is one of the biggest in Italy .

Members of the Sikh community take part in a procession during a ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new temple in Pessina Cremonese, northern Italy August 21, 2011. REUTERS/Paolo Bona

Women members of the Sikh community take part in a ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new temple in Pessina Cremonese, northern Italy August 21, 2011. REUTERS/Paolo Bona

Women members of the Sikh community attend a ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new temple in Pessina Cremonese, northern Italy August 21, 2011. REUTERS/Paolo Bona


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