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Langar Week 2016 draws to a close…

As Langar Week 2016 ends, we leave the world with this image of a Young Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj serving the first langar. It was His revolutionary concept that Sikhs still follow, which is why all over the world millions of people eat langar for free, every single day. As revolutionary a concept as it was then as it is now, through Langar Week 2016 we hoped to have helped the practice of langar increase.

Thank you to all those who have helped us encourage people all over the world to take part in Langar Week 2016. If you want more information on a langar organisation anywhere around the world, please get in touch.

 

“Gharib Da Muh – Guru Ki Golak”

“The mouth of the poor is the Guru’s donation box”.

Vaisakhi - Solent TV, crowd pic

Southampton communities turn out for Vaisakhi celebrations – ITV

Sikhs in Southampton are calling for better integration of all religious communities to fight injustice together. They’ve been speaking out as thousands of people descended on the city to celebrate Vaisakhi – the holiest day in the Sikh calendar – as Andrew Pate reports…

See full article and video here – http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2016-04-17/southampton-communities-turn-out-for-vaisakhi-celebrations/

Khalsa Day Parade at Burlington Sikh Temple – Burlington Post

The creation of an order of Sikhism will be celebrated locally next month.

The 7th Annual Khalsa Day Parade is scheduled for Sunday, April 17 at the Burlington Sikh Temple, 2284 Queensway Dr
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The event is hosted each year to celebrate Vaisakhi as well as the founding of the Sikh community.

The event is from 1:30-4 p.m. with the parade starting at 2 p.m. at the temple and finishing there.

Vegetarian snacks, lunch and dinner will be served at the event. Items will be accepted for the food bank.

Hymns will be sung for peace and harmony for all.

Traditionally a harvest festival, Vaisakhi celebrates the spring day in 1699 when Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru, created the order of the Khalsa.

The Khalsa is a community of “pure” and devout Sikhs who wear visible symbols of their faith.

“The purpose of the parade is to unite the community to promote peace among persons from all religions, cultures and creeds. There has been much turbulence resulting from different religions and varying degrees of observance throughout the world, which is very unfortunate,” states a press release from the Burlington Sikh Temple.

VIA – http://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/6424973-khalsa-day-parade-at-burlington-sikh-temple/

Slough Nagar Kirtan

Vaisakhi In The Park celebrations announced for Birmingham in 2016 – Birmingham Mail

This year is extra special because it’s the 25th anniversary of the Sikh organisation behind the free event

Vaisakhi is one of the key events on the Sikh calendar.

And you can find out here what exactly that date signifies and why it’s so important.

Birmingham’s sizeable Sikh community means there is a big party in the city each year to mark the religious festival.

CLICK HERE FOR REST OF ARTICLE, INCLUDING VIDEO – http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids-news/vaisakhi-park-celebrations-announced-birmingham-11149250

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When is Vaisakhi and what does it celebrate? – Birmingham Mail

Vaisakhi is an annual celebration of the founding of the Sikh religion as a collective faith.

It’s held on April 13 each year.

The date is the anniversary of the founding of the Khalsa in 1699.

The Khalsa is the name for the Sikh order or community into which all followers of the religion are baptised or initiated.

CLICK LINK TO SEE VIDEO – http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/vaisakhi-what-celebrate-11143133

Vaisakhi - Hounslow Nagar Kirtan by GWL

Watch as thousands join Sikh Vaisaki procession through Hounslow – Get West London

Organisers estimate around 3,000 people took part in the annual parade on Sunday, with even more lining the streets to watch.

Around 3,000 people joined a colourful Sikh procession as it wended its way throughHounslow on Sunday (April 3), organisers have estimated.

Crowds gathered at the side of the street to watch the annual Vaisakhi parade, with the event thought to have attracted a combined total of around 7,000 participants and spectators.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE – http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/watch-thousands-join-sikh-vaisaki-11135605

Vaisakhi Day celebration of Vancouver’s Khalsa Diwan Society on April 16 – Voice Online

VANCOUVER’S Khalsa Diwan Society is holding its annual Vaisakhi Parade this year on Saturday, April 16 and is asking everyone to be a part of the celebration.

The program schedule:

7-9 a.m.: Kirtan (hymn singing)

9-9:30 a.m.: Reception of dignitaries

9:30-10:30 a.m.: Speeches

10:45 a.m.: Ardas

11 a.m.: Departure of Parade from Gurdwara Sahib

4 p.m.: Return to Gurdwara Sahib

The Society said that Vaisakhi it is a very important day for Sikhs and one of the most colourful events in the Sikh calendar. It occurs during mid-April every year and traditionally concurs in Punjab with the first harvesting of the crops for the year. So, historically, it has been a very joyous occasion and a time for celebration. Since 1699, it has marked the very significant religious event of the creation of the Khalsa.

It noted: “The Khalsa Diwan Society is a pioneer Sikh society which took root on July 22, 1902, and was formally established in 1906. In 1908, the Society purchased and built the first Sikh

Gurdwara at 1866 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver. This Gurdwara served the community until 1970 when the new Ross Street location was opened. The Khalsa Diwan Society has played a major role in social and economic development of the Indo-Canadian community in BC and in raising Sikhi related issues and getting recognition for Sikhs in Canada.”

Telephone: 604-324-2010, Fax: 604-322-0504, E-mail: kdsross@live.com

Via – http://www.voiceonline.com/vaisakhi-day-celebration-of-vancouvers-khalsa-diwan-society-on-april-16/