By Asia Samachar Team | MYANMAR |
There is something beautiful taking place in Myanmar. A number of gurdwaras have come forward to distribute free food as they gear up to celebrate the 550th birth of Guru Nanak.
It’s happening in at least six cities: Yangon, Mandalay, Taunggyi, Mogok, Monwyar and Pyawbwe.
“We want the larger population to know a little bit more about who are the Sikhs. This is one way to reach out to them,” Mandalay-based entrepreneur Rajeev Singh told Asia Samachar in a telephone conversation.
On 13 Sept, the Sikhs in Lashio hosted lunch at orphanages at Wa orphanage and Lin Aein.
The food is prepared in the respective kitchens of the gurdwara in what is known as Guru Ka Langgar, an integral Sikh practise introduced by the Sikh Gurus.
In August, Myanmar Sikhs planted 550 tree saplings near a famous Buddhist temple in Nay Pyi Daw, an event that was attended by three union ministers.
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At the same event, the Sikh community donated 5.5 millon Kyats to Thatta Thattaha Maha Bawdi Pagoda May Pwy Taw and the same amount to the victims of the recent flooding.
The donations were received by Minister of Religious Affairs Thura U Aung Ko and Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement minister Dr Wim Myat Aye, respectively. Also present was Forestry Minister U Owm Wim.
Myanmar Sikhs are also in the midst of finalising some programmes for Guru Nanak’s 550th birth, including a major event towards the year-end.
Myanmar Sikhs paint earth green with 550 tree saplings (Asia Samachar, 26 Aug 2019)