November festivals: Guru Nanak’s birthday in India

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By Karen Hart

Design henna tattoos with your children, to link to this important Indian festival.

Gurdwara
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All over Punjab, India’s Sikh state, Sikhs visit gurdwaras (temples) to honour their Religion’s founder; Guru Nanak. The gurdwaras (meaning the gateway to the Guru), are decorated with flowers and lights, and hymns from the Guru Granth Sahib are sung here as part of the celebrations. The congregation will go on to share a meal from the free kitchen (langar), including the sweet treat, Karah Prashad, which is blessed. The celebrations are most impressive at Amritsar’s beautiful Golden Temple, the most revered gurdwara and home of the original copy of Sikh holy book; the Guru Granth Sahib

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  1. GEB
    on 15 November 2014

    Guru Nanak's birthday

    Gave a good starting point for the celebration of Guru Nanak’s birthday

    3out of 5
  2. manjit
    on 30 August 2014

    Guru Nanak's birthday

    Delighted that you have included this item. Some errors – henna section – did you mean Muslim women celebrate the Guru’s birthday ? Or did you mean Sikh women? Regards Manjit Kaur