GO TO SOURCE
DALLAS, USA, March 03, 2001: Participants in the Sikh ceremony called the Akhand Path, a continuous reading of the 1,430 pages of the Sikh sacred book, the Sri Guru Granth, can drop in at any time day or night. There's a religious requirement that the kitchen always be open. The ceremony, done for reasons such as a birthday or anniversary or the death of a loved one, was born in India two centuries ago as a reaction to persecution, and has become a mark of the faith's identity in 21st-century America. Recently, the Suri family consecrated a new home in Plano with the religious reading. Shortly after 8 a.m. on a recent Thursday, the Suris and friends prepared for the prayers. "Anything good in the religion starts in the morning," Mrs. Suri said.