The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Sikhs along with The Sikh Network and Sikh Federation (UK) have organized the Gurupurb celebrations- the birthday of highest Sikh guru- Guru Nanak Dev on November 25 at the Houses of Parliament, UK.
It would be for the first time that the occasion will be marked in UK Parliament at Portcullis House, where Sikhs would gather to remember teaching of Guru Nanak Dev.
The celebrations have been titled as ‘Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurpurb Celebration- an evening of celebration, inspiration and recognition’.
The chairman of Sikh Federation (UK)- the Sikh NGO cum political party working in UK since 2003- Amrik Singh Gill said that APPG decided to hold this celebration in the House of Commons UK and it is being supported by Sikh Federation (UK).
The spokesperson of The Sikh Network- an open collaboration of Sikh activists working in UK and the organizers of Gurupurab event at UK Parliament, in a statement issued said, “It is the first time that Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s birthday is being marked in Parliament and it a unique opportunity to share his universal message of One God, truth and equality.”
The gathering is scheduled to be held on November 25 from 17:00 to 19:00 at House of Parliament, Portcullis House.
Earlier this year, Rob Marris, MP Wolverhampton South West was elected as chairman of APPG for British Sikhs. The APPG was established almost ten years back in UK to highlight the issues of Sikhs settled in UK with the government.
As the part of Sikh Manifesto, the three main items which APPG has taken up for welfare of Sikhs in UK include: separate ethnic monitoring of Sikhs and and separate tick box for Sikhs in Census 2021, allocation of a suitable site in central London for a permanent monument to highlight Sikh sacrifices in World War- I and and exerting pressure on France and Belgium to stop discrimination against Sikhs wearing turbans.