A special flag raising ceremony was held in Holyoke Saturday.
Mayor Alex Morse raised the Sikh flag outside of city hall Saturday morning as part of “Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month.”
The purpose of the ceremony was to showcase the city’s commitment to being an open and inclusive place.
It was also intended to promote awareness of the Sikh community and their contributions.
22News spoke with Holyoke resident Gurniner Singh Dhaliwal, who said he often gets mistaken for other religions. He told 22News, “Today we’re holding a flag ceremony so we can tell people we are Sikh, not other religions. We get confused because of our beards and turbans. People mix us with other religions.”
Mayor Morse said shining light and speaking up against anti-Sikh bigotry and hatred is a priority.