As Sikhs around the world began festivities on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of founder Guru Nanak Dev on November 12, a video of devotees singing hymns on the Great Wall of China is going viral.
In the video that is being circulated on social media, a group of devotees are seen sitting on the historic wall and singing religious hymns.
Twitter user @PedestrianPoet, who was in Beijing recently, witnessed the performance and recorded the event. In the video, many Chinese nationals also seen gathering around to listen to the group.
Sharing the video online, the Twitter user wrote, “I was in Beijing for this Gurpurab, and had the incredible luck of experiencing this! Shabad kirtan on the Great Wall of China! That’s ONE way of getting over the homesickness haha.”
I was in Beijing for this Gurpurab, and had the incredible luck of experiencing this! Shabad kirtan on the Great Wall of China! That’s ONE way of getting over the homesickness haha.
(Langar happened at the embassy later 😅.) pic.twitter.com/uepJwKcCWq
— harnidh|孔知韵 (@PedestrianPoet) November 8, 2019
The unique video moved people, who were happy to see the celebrations in China. However, when many complained that the soulful gurbani ended far too quickly.
How wonderful it must have been to experience this in a foreign country – love the serenity of the shabad kirtan.
— Nandita Iyer (@saffrontrail) November 8, 2019
— shunali khullar shroff (@shunalishroff) November 8, 2019
Beautiful! Just listen with your eyes closed. one and a half minute of pure bliss! https://t.co/dAP7LOAByg
— kavita devgan (@kavitadevgan) November 8, 2019
There is nothing more beautiful than listening to divine Shabad Kirtan on bright sunny day https://t.co/yLQ1kXJsW8
— Sahil Prasad🌈 (@laxmi407) November 8, 2019
So Awesome!👌👍 https://t.co/2Qrlin9dgD
— Deepanshu Agrawal (@2611Deepanshu) November 8, 2019
This was so soulful. Wish I could listen to more of it!
— Anmol Dhawan (@anmol_dhawan) November 8, 2019
Wahe Guru da Khalsa..
Wahe Guru di Fateh…
— iAmSaKhA-घाटावरचा माणुस! (@sakha2010) November 9, 2019
Wow. That’s so cool!
— Jitesh Luthra ✈️ SF (@jiteshluthra) November 8, 2019
This year is also significant as for the first time, the Kartarpur Corridor a religious stretch between Dera Baba Sahib in India and Gurudwara Shri Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan will be open for Sikh pilgrims to freely visit the shrine.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday flagged off the first batch of more than 550 Indian pilgrims, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. They will travel to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Punjab province through the Kartarpur Corridor, which is being thrown open to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.