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Langar

A fundamental function of the Sikh Temple or Gurdwara is the Langar – the free food that is prepared in the temple for visitors. The tradition was instigated by Guru Nanak, the first of the Sikh Gurus. The food is … Continue reading

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Hindu Weddings

I went to a Hindu wedding last weekend – it was a lot more complicated than a Sikh wedding! Much the same as with Sikhs, Hindus perform a “Maya” the day before the wedding – a symbolic cleansing of the … Continue reading

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Weddings

Punjabi Sikh weddings are colourful and extravagant events! Read about the customs on my Weddings page or click the link at the top of the site.

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Happy Vaisakhi!

Sat sri akal, Happy Vaisakhi! Today is the first day of Nanakshahi year 543. This day commemorates the introduction of the Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh. It is sometimes also written as Baisakhi.

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Khanda

This is the Khanda – the double-edged sword which serves as the religious symbol of the Sikhs. The central circle represents the ever-present God, the central sword represents freedom and Justice. The left sword stands for spiritual freedom, the right for … Continue reading

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