World Over Sikhs To Celebrate Sikh Environment Day On March 14


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World over Sikhs to celebrate Sikh Environment Day on March 14

MOHALI: Sri Guru Har Rai Ji is remembered in Sikh history for his deep sensitivity to nature and its preservation. The Gurgaddi Diwas of Seventh Guru of the Sikhs will be celebrated as Sikh Environment Day on March 14 all over the world.

This important day marks the New Year in the Nanakshahi calendar. On March 14, hundreds of Gurdwaras across India, the United States, Canada, England, Australia, and the world will be taking part in this celebration.

In Mohali, Kalgidhar Sewak Jatha will celebrate this event by reciting shabads focused on the environment, holding ceremonial tree plantings, and encouraging children to share reflections on the environment and Sikhism with the sangat. Kalgidhar Sewak Jatha is also coming up with creative ways to celebrate the day, through children’s environmental art displays, environmental nagar kirtans, recycling drives for used goods, and by creatively reducing the use of energy and water. Jatinderpal Singh, President of the KSJ said that 'The Vishesh Samagam' will also be held by the Kalgidhar Sewak Jatha. In this programme many Ragis and Dhadhi Jathas will participate. Plants will be planted in the city on this occasion.

Besides, other members present on the event were Sarabjit Singh, Gurjinder Singh Sunny, Jatinderpal Singh Nagi, Davinder Singh, Gurpreet, Singh, Surinder Singh Makhan, Harsukhdev Singh Sunny, Tajinder Singh, Inderjit Singh, Manjeet Singh, Manmeet Singh, Rajinder Singh, Ratan Singh, Satwant Singh, Taranveer Singh and others.


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Groups and organizations within the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic faith communities have made “creation care” a focus of their belief systems, and even worked to associate major holidays and celebrations with environmental action. Member of the Sikh faith, the world’s fifth-largest organized religion, will celebrate their faith’s connection to the natural environment on March 14th (the Sikh new year) with the inaugural Sikh Environment Day.

An initiative of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE), the celebration is designed to “provide an opportunity to reflect upon our relationship with nature and mark a day on which we commit to environmental activism as followers of [early Sikh leader] Guru Har Rai Ji,” according to SCORE’s chair, Dr. Rajwant Singh. SCORE invites Sikhs worldwide to participate in activities at home and through their gurdwaras (places of worship), including tree and garden-planting, visiting parks and nature reserves for reflection and meditation, and singing of shabads (hymns) with environmental themes.
Sikhs aren’t just setting aside one day for environmental action, though: in 2009, SCORE, along with the United Nations, developed a five-year “EcoSikh” plan designed to educate followers of the religion on the connection between their faith and environmentalism, and highlight contributions the faith community already makes to the planet. Sikh Environment Day is just one part of this larger effort… the entire plan is available at the Alliance of Religions and Conservation website.

Would love to hear from members of the Sikh community on whether they know of this effort, and whether they plan to participate… as well as more information on the Sikh religion’s environmental roots.