On Sunday, 6th November in Southall there was a big celebration called nagar kirtan held on the birthday of the first Sikh Guru Nanak Dev ji

A big crowd gathered around high Street of Southall. The whole area was lit up with joy and eagerness to celebrate. The highlight of the celebration was food and culture as many people offered self less service called “sewa”. As a part of sewa they offered free food and drinks all around the streets. There were different stalls offering different foods. Every person was exited to know what food is being offered at different stalls. The event really gave chance for people to connect to there culture and roots.

As part of the procession the road is cleared by sewadars. The Holy book “Guru Granth Sahib” is placed on a float. “Guru Granth Sahib” is followed by panj peyare. In this procession the Holy book is usually taken from the gurdwara to another or brought back to the same gurdwara. Everyone covers there head to pay there respect and devotion towards the Holy book.

This nagar kirtan was one of the celebrations that wasn’t happening due to lockdown and social distancing protocol of covid-19. So people were more excited to attend it as it gave them a chance to socialise again. Every person was welcomed to the celebration of all ages. All the sevadars were really polite and they were very devoted to seva. Overall it was a lovely celebration that could really make your day.