The Victorian Government is supporting Victoria’s Sikh communities as they kick off celebrations for the 550th birthday anniversary of Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak during 2019. The Sikh Community of Shepparton, along with the Guru Nanak Sikh Society of Shepparton invite you to an open house on the evening of Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Victoria is home to Australia’s largest Sikh community, with more than 52,000 Sikh Victorians recorded in the 2016 Census.
Each year, Sikh communities right across the world celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak – the first Guru and founder of Sikhism. These events are considered the most sacred in Sikhism.
Events celebrating the 550 years since the birth of Guru Nanak include:
- The Humanity Walk in the Melbourne CBD, with 20,000 Victorians expected to attend
- Geelong’s Humanity Walk, with participants walking from Rippleside Park to Steampacket Gardens
- The Multicultural Community Parade to be held in Bendigo on 27 October
- Punjabi Sath Melbourne, which will run the Guru Nanak Birthday Literary Function
- The Travels and Teachings of Guru Nanak Art Exhibition at RMIT University
The Guru Nanak Sikh Society of Shepparton will conduct an open house on the evening of Wednesday 11 December from 7pm – 9pm. A langaar (serving of food) will be given to all visitors.
7:00pm Arrival in Langaar Hall (downstairs)
7:00-8:00pm – Talk on Life of Guru Nanak
7:00-8:00pm – Talk on Sikhism and history
7:00-8:00pm – Question and Answer
8:00pm – retire to Prayer Hall (Upstairs)
8:00pm – Join congregation for final prayers
8:00 – 9:00 – retire downstairs for Langaar Meal.
Protocols of Sikh places of Worship
* no tobacco nor alcohol may be brought on premises
* footwear is not worn inside place of worship
* hair should be covered – women may wear a veil; men will be supplied with headdress
* clothing should be respectful and appropriate dignity