The Sikh community in Fiji has received praise for its contributions to the country’s economic and social development.
And yesterday, as the eight-day Sikh Gurudwara Centenary celebration of its founding in Samabula since 1923 got underway, their efforts were celebrated.
They have dedicated the celebration to peace and environmental protection.
The celebration began with a sacred march procession from Kundan Singh Villa to the Gurudwara at Moala Street in Samabula, Suva.
Home Affairs and Immigration Permanent Secretary, Mason Smith while officiating at the event said the Sikh community had contributed significantly towards education through the establishment of centres around the country.
“Our Sikh community in Fiji are engaged in farming, business and have become community leaders. You now have a Sikh Minister in the Cabinet, Honourable Charan Jeet Singh,” he said.
“The Sikh community has fed thousands of people in Suva/Nausori corridor during the onslaught of COVID-19 and when thousands of people had lost any means to earn a living.”
Sikh High Priest Gurudwara Sahib, Sandeep Singh said the Sikh followers are dedicating the eight-day celebration to peace and environmental protection.
“We are celebrating 100 years of this Gurudwara, which is a milestone for us and throughout this eight-day long celebration, we want to advocate for peace in the world and for our climate to be protected,” he said.
Jalpreet Singh, 24, said the celebration was one that brought back history and reiterated the important values that have kept them safe and united for many years.
“Coming the seventh generation, this faith-based religion has taught me about sharing and protecting one another,” he shared.
“This was shared eloquently by our Guru 500 years ago, equality and peace for environment and human beings.”
“Always speak the name of the Lord, always help the ones in need and always help and share with someone in need.”
The Gurudwara celebration is open to the public.