Happy Guru Nanak Gurpurb (Birthday)
Today, Sikh communities in Walsall and across the world will be celebrating ‘Gurpurb’ the 551st birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, founder of Sikhism and the first Sikh Guru.
Sikhism is, to this day, based on Guru Nanak’s teachings and those of the nine Sikh Guru who followed after Him and Gurpurb is one of the most of the most important celebrations in the Sikh calendar.
Given money to start a business at a young age, Guru Nanak instead chose to use it to feed the hungry, something he believed to be the true trade. It is a tradition that continues to this day and is known as Langar, or ‘Free Kitchen’. It is one that many in Walsall will be thankful for due to the kindness of those at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Willenhall who, throughout the coronavirus pandemic, have cooked and delivered hot meals to those isolating and most in need. This, along with prayer to God and earning an honest living, are the three main principle’s upon which Sikhism is built.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Gurpurb takes place in November each year and occurs on the day there is a full moon, this year it will be on Monday 30th November. Celebrations include the singing of hymns, reading of poems and lectures on Sikhism. Whilst those celebrations will differ this year for obvious reasons, prayers will take place in homes and Gurdwaras (Sikh Temples) up and down the country and across the world.
Harjinder Lal, a member of Walsall for All’s ESOL Intelligence Unit said: “Guru Nanak Dev Ji devoted his life’s mission to fight against discrimination and persecution. He taught people to embrace diversity, welcome others into their communities, and practice Seva (selfless service). It is a time to not just celebrate the life of Guru Nanak, but to come together to honour his teachings of compassion, equality and unity. His message inspires us all to champion inclusion and embrace the differences that make us strong.
“On behalf of Walsall’s Sikh Community, I would like to wish you all a very Happy Gurpurab. May this day be filled with happiness and peace.”
Happy Guru Nanak Gurpurb to all our of Walsall’s Sikh residents and communities up and down the country.