What is Chabeel Day?

June 24th is the date for this year’s Chabeel Day!

‘Chabeel’ is a Punjabi word referring to a sweet, cool, non-alcoholic drink. Traditionally, in India Sikhs have offered chabeel to the general public on hot days, especially between May and June, when Sikhs remember the martyrdom of Guru Arjun Dev Ji.

The fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjan Dev Ji, became the first Sikh martyr in 1606 after He refused to change the Sikh scriptures as ordered by the tyrannical Mughal Emperor Jahangir, in an effort to curtail the Guru’s growing influence in India. When Guru Arjan Dev Ji refused, He was tortured by being made to sit on a red hot plate, whilst hot sand was poured over Him.

Instead of remembering this event through mourning, the Guru taught the Sikhs to accept God’s will as sweet. Therefore, Sikhs changed negativity into positivity by turning an attack upon them into a chance to serve others. We honour the Guru’s burning by cooling everyone else. This is Chardi Kala.

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What is Chardi Kala?

The Sikh concept of Chardi Kala (directly translated as “ever-rising spirits”) dictates that one should be eternally optimistic. As such, when people may be feeling hot and bothered in the summer, Sikhs will be looking to keep people in a positive frame of mind on Chabeel Day.

SIKH PA - Connecticut Chabeel

How to get involved

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Getting involved is easy! All we want you to do is go somewhere public and hand out free, cool, sweet drinks along with some of our educational leaflets. It is that simple!

Share pictures on social media and don’t forget to ask all involved to use the hashtags #ChabeelDay and #ChardiKala. Download our resources (leaflets, press release and more) from the link below.

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Events and locations

UK

June 13; Solihull, Cranmore Primary School – assembly held by Sikh Relief

June 15; Edinburgh, outside Tron Kirk – held by Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen

June 17; Solihull, Cranmore Primary School – free after school drinks provided by teachers and volunteers

June 17; Cardiff, Gurdwara Nanak Darbar Copper Street, 12pm-3pm – held by MLSS Cardiff team

June 18; Southampton, Guildhall Square, 12pm-3pm – held by Southampton Sikh Seva

June 18; Cardiff, Central station terrace, 2.30pm-4pm – held by MLSS Cardiff team

June 18; Doncaster, town centre next to Peacocks, 11am-2pm – held by Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen

June 18; Smethwick, Bearwood Road, 1pm-3pm – held by Sikh Aid

June 18; Leeds, Dortmund Square, 11am-3pm – held by Leeds sangat

June 18; Berkshire, Slough, Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Sheehy Way, Slough, 12pm-3pm -held by Basics of Sikhi sevadaars

June 18; Berkshire, Slough, Ramgharia Sikh Gurdwarah, 3pm-4pm- held by Basics of Sikhi sevadaars

June 18; London, Southall, outside Quality Foods on South Road, 1pm – 4pm – held by Tera Panth Vasse Youth Party

June 18; London, Southall, outside Park Avenue and Havelock Road Gurdwaras, 1pm-4pm – held by Basics of Sikhi sevadaars

June 18; London, Westminster, ice cream van with no fixed location, 1pm-5pm – arranged by SWAT

June 18; London, Ilford, town centre, 11am-3pm – arranged by SEVA

June 18; Nottingham, St Peter’s Square, 10am-4pm – arranged by Guru Nanak’s mission

June 19; Bradford, Bradford city park, 2-5PM – held by Bradford sangat

CANADA

June 18; Calgary, Prince’s Island, starting at 11am – held by Basics of Sikhi sevadaar

June 18; Toronto, Queen’s Quay/Bay Street intersection, 12pm to 5pm – held by Basics of Sikhi sevadaars

June 18; Vancouver, 128 Street Surrey, BC V34 562, 12pm onwards – held by Basics of Sikhi sevadaars

USA

June 18; New York, 59 St Columbus circle, 11am-3pm – held by Basics of Sikhi sevadaars

June 18; New Mexico, Guru Ram Das Puri – held as part of Summer Solstice

AUSTRALIA

June 17; Sydney, Wynard Park – held as part of Turban Up Fest

INDIA

June 17; Mumbai, Goregaon East, 2pm-6pm – held by Basics of Sikhi sevadaars

June18; Mumbai, Central Park, 4pm-6pm – held by Basics of Sikhi sevadaars

June 18; Bangalore, opposite of Town Hall, NR Road Karnataka, 10am-2pm – held by Basics of Sikhi sevadaars

DENMARK

June 18; Rådhuspladsen, 1599 København, 12pm-3pm – held by Basics of Sikhi sevadaars

ITALY

June 18; Brescia, S. Giorgio, 17, 24050 Santa Maria, Cortenuova – held by Basics of Sikhi sevadaars

SPAIN

June 18; Barcelona, Rambla del Raval 1, 2pm-6pm – held by Basics of Sikhi sevadaars

For more precise location & timing details get in touch at Jasveer@SikhPA.com