Sikhs across Victoria come together to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism's founder

The 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, is being celebrated worldwide — and for the first tim...

A colourful parade with a decorated mobile Gurduara float complete with priest, hymn singing, and martial arts displays made its way through Bendigo, followed by hundreds of people from Melbourne to Mildura on Sunday.

Called Nagar Kirtan, the traditional celebration is common in Sikh villages, towns and cities across the world for the auspicious occasion.

For one Bendigo family this familiar event from childhood could finally be shared with their children.

"It brings tears to my eyes, it feels like our dreams are coming true," spokesperson of the Bendigo Sikh community and organiser Sandeep Singh Sandhu said.

"We're not going to miss our motherland much because the environment is coming here."...

...The Sikhs have a long history in Australia, first arriving in the 1850s with many of them working as hawkers selling their wares throughout regional Australia.

As the fifth largest religion in the world, Sikhism has about 30 million followers worldwide.

Here is Australia, Punjabi is the fastest growing language group with about 130,000 Sikhs calling Australia home.

Yet many Australians do not know much about Sikhism, according to the convenor of the Australian Sikh Council, Harkirat Singh.

"One of the motives behind the event is also to raise awareness about Sikh identity and to get to know Sikh people. To promote understanding" he said.

 

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