By Manjit Singh | NEW ZEALAND |
Wellington Sikhs held a kirtan programme in the lawns of New Zealand parliament this morning (30 Nov 2019) to commemorate Guru Nanak gurpurab.
About 150 Sikhs of Wellington attended the function, including four Members of Parliaments (MPs).
Guru Ka Langar was served to all the attendees and others who had come to observe.
Speaking at the function, MPs passed their good wishes to Sikhs on the occasion of Guru Nanak’s gurpurab and complimented the community for organising the event in parliament.
This is a first for NZ Sikhs. Gurudwara Sahib Wellington head granthi Bhai Dalbir Singh describwed the event as Wellington’s start of the 550th anniversary celebrations of Baba Nanak’s birth which will be celebrated all over next year.
In a recent statement in conjunction with the birthday of Guru Nanak, New Zealand Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa said that the Sikh community may be small in numbers but have but have made ‘significant contributions’ to the country.
“These contributions, on both cultural and social levels, are well recognised by the Government,” she said in the letter dated 21 Nov 2018.
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