It was a day of rejoicing and reunion at Mogok, a Myanmar town once known as the “land of rubies” for its extraordinary treasure trove of jewels.
Some 200 Sikhs, many of them born at the town located about 800km north of Yangon, made their way to the town to celebrate its 800th anniversary.
A huge number of local friends and neighbours, estimated at around 700, joined them for a celebration at the Gurdwara Sahib Mogok today (28 March 2019) as the local Sikh community started a prayer programme. The local media was present, too.
“Many of them came for the Guru Ka Langgar we are having at the gurdwara. Today, the youth also rehearsed their bhangra performance for tomorrow’s big celebration,” Mogok-born Rajeev Singh told Asia Samachar. “Sikhs are shown great respect.”
Among those in the congregation is Tara Singh, a Myanmar born Sikh who Sikh-parchaar in the country.
Sikhs are taking an active part in the 800th anniversary celebration with prayer, Guru Ka Langgar and get-togethers.
On 24 March, Sikh youth wearing Punjabi dresses joined a procession, proudly holding the sign ‘Sikh Family’.
Sikhs have been present in Mogok for more than 150 years through the Indian army. Today, there are less than a dozen families in the town.
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