Sandwell Sikhs to celebrate birth of First Guru

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Procession to brighten streets of Sandwell this weekend

SIKH across Sandwell will celebrate the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji by holding a procession from West Bromwich to Smethwick this weekend.

The procession – called a Nagar Kirtan – is a colourful Sikh religious event which will start from the Guru Har Rai Gurdwara, High Street, West Bromwich at 10.30am on Sunday 6th November and finish at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara, High Street, Smethwick at 2.00pm.

The Nagar Kirtan is being jointly organised by the eight Gurdwaras in Sandwell.  During the Nagar Kirtan, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji – Sikh Holy Scriptures – will be carried on a decorated float at the head of the procession.  

Event Organiser and President of Guru Har Rai Gurdwara, Mr Daya Singh said: “I am delighted that we have been able to organise this Nagar Kirtan at this very auspicious occasion in the Sikh calendar. 

“This anniversary is an extremely important occasion to all Sikhs and is being celebrated all over the world.  We have organised the Nagar Kirtan to visit five of the eight Gurdwaras in Sandwell and we look forward to meeting many other people along the way.” 

Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born in 1469 in a village called Talwandi, now called Nankana Sahib and located in present-day Pakistan.  During his lifetime, Guru Nanak Dev Ji travelled thousands of miles spreading his teachings. 

Chairman of the organising committee, Mr Balbinder Singh, added: “A great deal of work has gone into organising this event and I am grateful for the support of the members of the Sandwell Safety at Public Events Committee including Sandwell Council and West Midlands Police. 

“The Nagar Kirtan will be a very joyous occasion and I hope we will be able to celebrate this event with minimum disruption to other road users.”

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