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Network One hosts first event of the New Year

Sikh temple marks centenary with colorful celebrations

 

Network One hosts first event of the New Year

 

Sikh temple marks centenary with colorful celebrations

A parade of Sikh dancers started from the Siri Guru Singh Sabha temple on Chareonrat Road and wound its way through Chiang Mai in honor of the temple’s 100th anniversary.

Staff reporters
The local Sikh temple, the Siri Guru Singh Sabha on Chareonrat Road recently honored its 100th anniversary with a 3 day celebration and a parade with dancers that started from the temple and wound its way through Chiang Mai. Over 500 Sikhs from Chiang Mai and around the nation attended the celebration honoring the founding of Chiang Mai’s first Sikh temple, also known as a Gurdwara or the house of the guru. First established as a small and temporary building in 1907 by the original Sikh residents of Chiang Mai, the structure was entirely rebuilt in 1909 as the number of families attending had grown beyond the capacity of the original building.

Members of the Sikh temple ready the parade car for the 100th anniversary celebrations.
The current concrete structure replaced that building in 1975.
The Sikh religion is one of the younger religions; it is one of faith, hope and optimism. The Sikh religion believes in universal equality, to work and earn a livelihood by honest means and to share that wealth so as to bring equality of all people... To that end, the Indian Association of Chiang Mai presented clothing and blankets as well as scholarships to around 100 needy hill tribes families and students under the Benjamit network at the event.
The local Sikh community works actively with charity and governmental organizations; like blood donations to the Red Cross Society of Thailand, donating blankets and clothes in the cool season, and offering scholarships to needy students.

The Indian Association of Chiang Mai donated blankets and clothes in the cool season, and gave scholarships to needy students to celebrate the Sikh temple’s 100th anniversary.

The Indian Association of Chiang Mai joined needy hill tribes’ families and students under the Benjamit network in Mae On and Mae Cham district to donate goods, on the occasion of Sikh temple 100th anniversary celebration.

Over 500 Sikhs from Chiang Mai and around the nation attended the celebration of the100th anniversary of the founding of Chiang Mai’s first Sikh temple, also known as a the Siri Guru Singh Sabha or the house of the guru on November 20-22, 2009



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