DMU joins worldwide celebrations for 550th anniversary of Sikh founder's birth

A touring photo exhibition that marks the 550th birthday of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of the Sikh faith, is being hosted at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) this week as part of year-long celebrations around the world.

The display, which will be showcased at Trinity Chapel from today (Tuesday 8) to Thursday 10 October, celebrates the life and philosophy of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, with contributions from experts on Sikhism that highlight the founder’s core values and the relevance of his messages in the 21st century...


...There was also a commemorative tree planting on the university campus, led by Interim Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dr Simon Oldroyd.


 “We regularly celebrate our Gurus in Sikh temples but we do not always get the opportunity to talk to people from other religions, so this is a fantastic opportunity to share the message of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji with a wider community.

“His message encourages a universal brotherhood – it encourages honesty, righteousness, equality, sharing with people in need and showing compassion. His message can help us all with the challenges we face in everyday life.”

Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born in 1469 AD in the village of Rai Bhoe Talwandi, now the site of Gurudwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan. Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was the first of the 10 Sikh Gurus. The last Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, said that there would be no more Gurus after him and Sikhs would be guided by the Sikh holy book, Guru Granth Sahib.

Resham added: “This is a special exhibition that we won’t see in Leicester again and DMU embraces diversity in all of its initiatives, so it is a very fitting venue.”

The exhibition, which has toured selected cities across the UK, has also been chosen for a showcase at the European Parliament headquarters in Brussels.

DMU’s Interim Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dr Simon Oldroyd said: “Being based in Leicester, one of the UK’s most multicultural cities, we take great pride in welcoming students from diverse backgrounds and this is highlighted in the recognition we have received for encouraging social inclusion.

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