Largest Sikh Gathering Outside of India to Celebrate 300 years of the Sikh holy scriptures
An estimated 50,000 people from all over the UK gathered in Prestwold Hall, Loughborough yesterday, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji - Sikh holy scriptures.
[UKPRwire, Tue Sep 30 2008] An estimated 50,000 people from all over the UK gathered in Prestwold Hall, Loughborough yesterday, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji - Sikh holy scriptures. Organised by the East Midlands Council of Gurdwara's, the day will now be known as having the largest gathering of Sikhs in one place outside of India. Free hot food (langar) was served to all attendees throughout the day which represents important tenants in the Sikh faith, these include, serving others, equality and sharing.
Amongst the highlights of the event were a 19th Century Sikh Cannon from the Army of Maharjah Ranjit Singh, as well as the world's smallest Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji which is the size of a wrist watch. Crowds could also see Sikh martial arts demonstrations throughout the day.
Mr Sarbjeet Singh Landa a member of the East Midlands Council of Gurdwaras said, "I am overwhelmed at the response for this great event from all around the country which has exceeded all expectations. We even have attendees from Canada, Spain and India".
Manroop Singh from Madrid who came especially to be at the event commented, "this is a once in a lifetime event,' he went on to say "the crowds were just so vast and colourful. Even though I had to wait over 30 minutes in a queue several hundred meters long to pay homage to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, it didn't matter. It was worth it and I enjoyed soaking in the atmosphere. I will never forget this day!'"
The event was also formally acknowledged by Her Majesty the Queen who sent her "warm, good wishes to all concerned for a most memorable and successful day"
This will not be the last we hear of this day for its legacy will live on, not only in the hearts and minds of the people of all backgrounds who attended but also in the newly formed National Sikh Heritage and Holocaust Museum based in Derby. This is another first of its kind in Europe.
More details and photos can be seen on the website at: http://www.emcg.co.uk