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Eid Mela in Stockton,
March 2002 -
Eid was celebrated with a “Eid Milan” party via a colorful gathering (Mela)
of Pakistanis, Pakistani-Americans and their non-Muslim friends from the
local community at the Scottish Rite Temple in the California Central Valley
town of Stockton on Saturday, March 2, 2002. This event was the end product
of the efforts of the Pakistani-American Association of San Joaquin County,
an area encompassing Stockton and Lodi amongst other towns.
This area is mainly agricultural and is especially known for grape and
cherry production. It is this for this reason and that many people from the
land that now forms Pakistan, finding both the weather and the terrain
compatible with the Punjab and parts of the Frontier Province, came and
settled here. And like Sacramento, there has been a continuous presence of
Muslim people who speak either Punjabi or Pashto for almost a century.It was
great to see the more traditional aspect of the Pakistani presence in this
part of the world as the community went all out to participate in this Eid
Milan. It would be difficult to estimate the number of people that attended
but at times it seemed like the men, women and children were too numerous
for the size of the hall. And it was a good occasion for some candidates for
the primary elections to be held in California next week to do some last
minute campaigning. Rick Sealy who was running for the Sheriff’s position
spoke first and was followed by
running for County Supervisor from District 2. Both of them will be
remembered by Pakistani-American voters next week (The current San Joaquin
county Treasurer and Tax Collector happens to be Shabbir Khan, a
Pakistani-American so this is an active community). Also making his presence
known here was Dr. Sukhmander (Suki) Singh who is running for U.S. Congress.
We thank Suki for being here with us and hope to see him do well against
incumbent Gary Condit.
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