Birmingham celebrates 550th birth anniversary of founder of Sikh faith

The University of Birmingham is hosting five days of celebration to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev J...

The University of Birmingham is hosting five days of celebration to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of the Sikh faith.

Sikhs and non-Sikhs around the globe will celebrate the landmark date and Birmingham, one of the most diverse cities in the UK, is marking the anniversary from 7 to 11 August with celebrations that are open to all communities and people of all faiths and none.

Located around the iconic clock tower on the University’s Edgbaston campus, the five days include: continuous prayer recital, educational symposia, exhibitions, inter-faith dialogue and activities for children and young people. Blessed vegetarian meals (Langar) will be provided free to visitors throughout the event...

...“We are delighted to be working with GNNSJ and other Sikh and community organisations to host the auspicious 550th anniversary celebrations at the heart of our campus in honour of the founder of the Sikh faith.

“The five-day event is an excellent opportunity for all communities to come together to learn about the life and legacy of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.”

Gur Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born in November 1469 in Talwandi, Punjab, India (now known as Nankana Sahib, Punjab, Pakistan)...

...The chairman of GNNSJ, Bhai Sahib Dr Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia commented: “The 550th anniversary celebrations will illuminate many dimensions of Guru Nanak’s teachings, life and legacy. The event will be an historic opportunity to rediscover and apply Guru Nanak’s teachings, to generate new possibilities for transforming our personal and collective lives and the lives of the future generations."

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For interview enquiries and photos, please contact Tony Moran, International Communications Manager, University of Birmingham on +44 (0)121 414 8254. For out of hours media enquiries, please call: +44 (0) 7789 921 165

 

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