Sikhism

Dane Fitzgerald

Celebrations

Sikhism's most popular holiday is Visakhi, held on April 14. A cultural and spiritual day; culturally celebrated for the harvest festival in Punjab, and spiritually celebrated for Guru Gobind Singh.

Articles of Faith

Kesh: uncut hair, which is covered by a distinct turban

Kiran: religious sword to show readiness to defend weak

Kara: metal bracelet to show strength

Kanga: a wooden comb to show cleanliness

Kachera: cotton undergarments to show self discipline

Guru Granth Sahib

Last guru in human form. The sikhs holy script says its his word now. He wrote a collection of hymns and poems. His word is not only his word but the words of saints and prophets of other religions.

Gurdwaras

A Gurdwaras is the sikhs place of worship. The Harmandir Sahib or the Golden temple in Amritsar is one of the most popular Gurdwaras in the world. The original Gurdwara was built in the 1580's by Guru Arjan Dev who wanted sikhs to have a central place of worship.