West Midlands Sikh community celebrates Guru Nanak 550th anniversary


A campaign has started in the West Midlands to celebrate the 550th anniversary of the founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

The organiser of the campaign is Manjit K Kang, Diversity Ambassador for NatWest. She said:

“It is a huge year for the community, Sikhs around the world will celebrate the 550th anniversary of the probably truest ambassador of diversity and inclusion.”

The social media campaign is collecting testimonies of leaders from the region in relation with the anniversary.

The testimonies are being collected on Facebook and Twitter under the hashtag #WestMidands550.

“The campaign tries to make society more inclusive for everyone, so everyone can be part of this celebration.”

At the time of writing, the campaign has received more than 150 messages.

Sahib Singh, Vice President of Birmingham City University Students’ Union who has also participated in the campaign said:

“The one thing I have written means ‘goodness to all humanity’ and Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s teaching is all about equality among all people.”

The next step of the campaign will be to write all the messages in the back of a big card.

Manjit K Kang said:

“The idea is to collect messages from different leaders and different communities all coming together, sending a message of oneness.”


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