Jakarta Sikhs organise Asean seminar to celebrate gurdwara silver jubilee

Preparations underway for first ever Asean Sikh Seminar in Jakarta, scheduled on Dec 1-3, 2017.

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| Jakarta, Indonesia | 2 Oct 2017 | Asia Samachar |

Balwant Singh standing outside Gurdwara Yayasan Sosial Guru Nanak in Jakarta – Photo / Supplied

Preparations are underway for an Asean Sikh Seminar in Jakarta as an Indonesian gurdwara gets ready to celebrate its silver anniversary.

Gurdwara Yayasan Sosial Guru Nanak in Jakarta, built 25 years ago, is now undergoing building renovations that are expected to be completed before the Asean Sikh Seminar scheduled for Dec 1-3, 2017.

“With Waheguru’s kirpa this will be the first seminar to be ever held in Indonesia and we hope it will be a precursor to the revival of Sikhism in Indonesia,” according to a note from one of the organisers.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is a 10-nation regional grouping that includes Indonesia, Malaysia, Singpaore, Thailand and the Phillipines.

“We are not used to organising such events, so we will seek help,” chief organiser Balwant Singh told Asia Samachar.

At the moment, he said they have received indication of participants coming from Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, New Zealand and India.

 

APPEAL NOTE FROM THE ORGANISING TEAM:

 

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Dear Sanggat Jio, Family, Sikh Friends of ASEAN.

You are cordially invited to attend our *Gurdwara Yayasan Sosial Guru Nanak 25th anniversary plus Asean Sikh Seminar” by Sikh Scholars with diverse backgrounds from GSC and ASEAN.(List of speakers to be advised).

With Waheguru’s kirpa this will be the first seminar to be ever held in Indonesia and we hope it will be a precursor to the revival of Sikhism in Indonesia. We strongly believe that this important event can only succeed with the full support and participation of the ASEAN sadhsannggat and Sikh scholars, plus the Blessings of Waheguru.

Progamme:

DAY ONE: 1 Dec 2017 (Friday)

8am: Asa di War & Kirtan in Darbar Hall followed by Reinsebhai till 8pm
10am: Opening of Sikh Seminar (Time of duration to be advised)

DAY TWO: 2 Dec 2017 (Saturday)

8am: Bus tour to two Gurdwaras at Pasar Baru and Tg Priok. Back to Seminar hall at noon
10am: Kids Turban tying contest for boys plus Kirtan competition.
2pm-6pm: Sikh Seminar
Katha and Kirta till 8pm

DAY THREE: 3 Dec 2017 (Sunday)

Start of Children Sabad or Kirtan competition (Gurmat school hall)
Sikh Seminar Declaration in Darbar Hall followed by Ardaass.
Children Sports & Games till 3pm, followed by Tug-of-War for adults.
Evening Reception for overseas guests, venue TBA.

Sikh Speakers: Kindly *RSVP your attendance and your paper by 10 November 2017 to the personnel/contacts stated below to ensure your seat is reserved.

We look forward to seeing you at the forthcoming Jakarta/ASEAN Sikh seminar.

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh.

Gurdwara Guru Nanak 25th Anniversary Committee
Mohk Sewadar
Balwant Singh Jakarta
benrahal67@yahoo.com
Hp: + 62816953416
Darwinder Singh +62 812-1121-272 (darwin.rahal@gmail.com

 

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