Sikhism

John Johnson

Celebration

The most popular holiday is Visakhi, which is held on April 14th. It is a cultural and spiritual day of celebration. Spiritually, it marks the day that Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru, established the Khalsa, the community of people who have initiated the Sikh religion. The celebration is all day long. They do all types of traditional dances and play all types of instruments.

Articles of faith

The 5 articles of faith are:

Kesh- uncut hair, which is covered by a distinctive turban.

Kirpan- a religious sword, which represents readiness to protect the weak and fight against injustice.

Kara- a metal bracelet, which represents strength.

Kanga- A wooden comb, which represents cleanliness.

Kachera- Cotton undergarments which represents self-discipline.

Guru Granth Sahib

Guru Gobind Singh was the last guru in human form. He appointed the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy sculpture, as his successor, saying "The Word is the Guru now."

Gurdwaras

A Gurdwara is the Sikh House Of Worship, the most famous one is located in Armrutsar, its name is The Harmandir Sahib or The Golden Temple. The original gurdwaras was built in the 1580s by Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Guru, who wanted Sikhs to have a central place of worship. The gurwara has four doors, signifying that it is open to all, regardless of religion