A major event was organised in Cardiff on Sunday 19 May to celebrate the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev.
Numerous dignitaries of all faiths from Wales visited the event, including the High Commissioner of India HE Ruchi Ghanashyam, the head of the Sikh Council of Wales Gurmit Singh Randhawa MBE, and the Indian Honorary Consul General Raj Aggarwal OBE.
Children from various Sikh temples in Wales performed Kirtan (chanting), Kavita (Hindi poetry) and Sakhi (recounting of events in Sikh history) and the event concluded with authentic vegetarian buffet
Over 500 people attended the celebration and various dignitaries including Professor James Hegarty of Cardiff University delivered key messages on inclusivity and principles of Guru Nanak Dev’s teachings.
Indian diplomat Raj Aggarwal said“There will be huge celebrations organised all over the world for the 550th birth anniversary of Nanak Dev Ji and the world will commemorate this amazing landmark.”
Gurmit Singh Randhawa, President of the Sikh Council of Wales said: “The message for the day will be simple, and one of communities coming together and celebrating the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, who stood for the poor and down trodden people in up holding the principles of justice, equality and freedom for all.”