Thursday, 27 April 2017

Celebrating Vaisakhi

Vaisakhi is a Sikh festival that happens in Spring each year. Today we had a Sikh visitor who came and told us about Sikhism and also about this festival and what they do each year to celebrate.

We learned about the Gurus and the Gurdwara temples where they go to pray. We also learned about the 5 key symbols (known as the 5 Ks) of Sikh beliefs.

1: Growing their hair for strength and power (Kesh).

2: A steel bracelet worn on the right arm to remind them of God (Kara).

3: A wooden comb to promote cleanliness (Kanga).

4: Cotton shorts (Kaccha).

5: A steel sword to protect the weak - only priests wear these (Kirpan).

We then got to try on traditional Sikh clothing and danced using actions traditional during Sikh festivities.

It was a fantastic session and we learnt a lot about the Sikh beliefs.

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