| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 1 Jan Dec 2016 | Asia Samachar |
There was an air exuberance at the newly built gurdwara in Shah Alam as Sikhs gathered for a new year eve programme. They were excited and happy to be at the brightly lit three-storey building, located in an industrial area of the state capital of Selangor.
The langgar hall, on the ground floor, was half full at around 11pm. Many members of the sanggat were already seated in the darbar sahib on the third floor.
Trainer Col (R) Mohan Singh had just finished a speaking session. Next, a gather led by Giani Dalit Singh, a local kirtani and preacher, took the stage. “It’s good see to see such a beautiful building. Now, its time to ensure our Sikhs are equally sturdy and beautiful,” he tells in his sermon.
Like in many other gurdwaras in Malaysia and Singapore, and many other parts of the world, the Sikhs in Shah Alam were taking advantage of the holiday by organising a programme at their local gurdwara.
Their celebration, naturally, was sweeter. After a long wait, they had finally moved into their new gurdwara, called Gurdwara Sahib Guru Nanak Shah Alam (GSGNSA), which was officially opened on 11 Dec 2015.
In neighbouring Gurdwara Sahib Puchong, they rolled out at least eight types of fruits as part of the offering in the Guru Ka Langgar. The sanggat was also served cendol and air batu campur, two local delicacies. The gurdwara is located about 13km from the new Shah Alam gurdwara.
“It is always a pleasure to come over to the gurdwara. I come here at least once a week, on my off days,” a Sikh from Punjab, who says he has been in Malaysia for more than a decade, tells Asia Samachar. “Life is tough, but fruitful if you have a good job, a good employer.”
With him were two fellow Sikh workers who had come from Punjab in the last two years. “I’m hoping to make my way to Italy,” said one of them. But for today, he was contended to be in the midst of Sikhs and joyful mood all around.
In Singapore, Sikh Sewaks Singapore and the Central Sikh Gurdwara Board (CSGB) had organised a kirtan programme entitled ‘Pray for Peace’ at the Central Sikh Temple (CST) on the new year eve.
In Ipoh, Perak, Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (Perak Branch) had organised its annual new year eve kirtan, called Nava Saal Guru De Naal, for the 23h year at the Gurdwara Sahib Railway Road.
In Petaling Jaya, as has been the case for many years now, the gurdwara was packed with the Sikh sanggat till 1am.
SEE VIDEO OF CELEBRATIONS AT PETALING JAYA AND SHAH ALAM
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