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Indian Embassy celebrates Guru Nanak Dev Ji

The Indian Embassy with the Sikh community celebrates Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary

October 07th, 2019
Marina Natsia and Marta Faraoni, News from Berlin
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The Indian Embassy in collaboration with the Sikh community “Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Berlin e.V” organized an event in order to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The event took place in Ernst-Reuter-Saal next to Reinickendorf’s town hall. Many international guests and members of the Indian community in Germany attended the event.

On October 6th 2019, the Indian Embassy in collaboration with the Sikh community in Berlin celebrated the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, a philosopher, poet and spiritual leader of Sikhism. Not only the Indian community but also many significant members of other religious groups and politicians were present. H. E. Ambassador Mukta Dutta Tomar of India, inaugurated the event. Afterwards, other speakers from Germany, India and the UK, talked about Guru Nanak’s achievements and the validity of his teachings. Besides these interventions, the guru’s hymns were performed by Sikh musicians.

Guru Nanak was the founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus. His teachings are about solidarity, honesty and meditating in God’s name and they are included in 974 poetic hymns. He travelled far and wide to spread his message. He created a unique political, spiritual and social platform, which is based on equality, fraternal love, virtue and goodness. Therefore, Guru Nanak is extremely important within the Indian culture, especially in the communities of Northern India. Indian and Sikhist culture was significant during this event, as they all sang hymns, while wearing traditional clothes. At the end of the event the Sikh community offered the Langar meal. The Langar is a traditional vegetarian meal for every visitor without distinction of religion, gender, ethnicity and economic status. 

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