Celebration slated for Sikh temple in Duncan

DUNCAN, S.C. (AP) - A new Sikh temple is opening in South Carolina.

The Upstate Sikh Society on Sunday is holding an official opening celebration of the first Sikh temple in the northwestern part of the state. Officials say the new temple in Duncan has been under construction for two years.

Organizers of the grand opening say the event is a way to experience food, music and culture from the Punjab part of northern India. Until now, Sikhs in the Upstate have worshipped in homes or other temples throughout the Carolinas.

Gov. Nikki Haley was raised in the Sikh faith but now identifies herself as Christian.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.