New Westminster Sikh temple welcomes community to celebrate its centennial anniversary

“I don’t think a lot of people know that the Sikh community has been in Queensborough for over 100 years, and/or the gur...

A four-day celebration of the Gurdwara Sahib Sukh Sagar aims to bring the community closer together.

The Khalsa Diwan Society New Westminster is inviting community members to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Gurdwara Sahib Sukh Sagar in Queensborough. Since opening in 1919, the temple has become an integral part of the Queensborough and New Westminster communities, and has provided a place for Sikhs from New Westminster and the Lower Mainland to gather and to worship...

...“There is going to be a lot of volunteers. If you have questions, they will be there to answer them,” Sall said. “There will be people there who can speak English. They will be there for the weekend if anyone has questions. That’s all part of it – learning about each other so we can realize that we are pretty much the same. We have similar outlooks on life, goals in life, wants and needs.”

Music, history and spiritual programs will be held at the temple during the four-day celebration, which features a 48-hour continuous reading of the Sikh holy book starting at 9 a.m. Friday and continuing until 9 a.m. on Sunday. After the closing of the reading of the book on Sunday, hymns will be sung at 10 a.m., local dignitaries will attend an official ceremony at 11 a.m. and an unveiling of a plaque commemorating the 100th anniversary will take place at noon.

“During the whole time there is going to be langar served – free food,” Sall added. “It is always being served throughout all the events, which it is every day anyways.”...

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