Date: 12th November 2019, Tuesday
Venue: Parliament house of New South Wales
Timings: 17:30 hours- 20:30 hours
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AISECS in association with Consulate General of India, Sydney and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Sri Amritsar, India (SGPC) celebrated 550th Prakash Purab (Birth anniversary) of Sikhs first Guru ‘Guru Nanak Dev Ji’ in Australia’s oldest Parliament house.
The event was organized by the founder of Australian-Indian Sports Educational and Cultural Society ‘Mr. Gurnam Singh’ who have been working hard in the background with one purpose; to bridge the gap between Australia and India through sports, education and culture. EMCEE for the event was Reet Pal Singh, who is also the ambassador for AISECS. It was because of our volunteers specifically Guru Dha, Abhiraj Das, Reuben Gupta and Komalpreet Kaur support that the event was a success.
Celebrations commenced with zeal by reciting Shabad/Kirtan from Voice of Gurbani emphasizing the significance of the principal chant of Sikhs ‘MOOL MANTRA’ which is the description of god according to the Sikh Ideology. When a person begins to learn Gurbani, this is the first verse that most would learn. The event constituted the talks by the dignitaries and the guest speaker Bhagwant Singh Sialka Ji, member of SGPC from India followed by honouring them with mementos. The evening was also addressed by the Parliament representatives and wrapped up with a presentation showcasing the Documentary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and afterwards, langar/light refreshment was served.
Sikhism is the 5th largest religion in the world and out of 1, 26,000 Sikhs residing throughout Australia, around 26000 Sikhs reside in New South Wales who are working and contributing in various fields. The celebrations were carried across continents not only by Sikhs but also by those who resonate Guru Nanak philosophy of 1 god and humanity above all. This event sent a great message not only to the Indian community but also to the Australian community depicting Australian values of diversity and multiculturalism.
Team AISECS is grateful to Jodi McKay– NSW Labor Leader and Member for Strathfield for paying her tributes to oldest, past and present in her inspirational speech. Geoff Lee– NSW Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, Acting Minister for Sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors & Veterans, and the member for Parramatta, who articulated with the audience building much resilience and adaptability. Mr Manish Gupta– Counsel General of India for being so empathic and supportive about the evening in that moment and time, his words were beyond aspirations, Dugald Saunders– Member of the Legislative Assembly, Member for Dubbo, Member of The Nationals, Daniel Mookhey– Member of the Legislative Council, Shadow Minister for Finance and Small Business, and Shadow Minister for the Gig Economy, Hugh McDermott, Member of the Legislative Assembly, Member for Prospect, Member of the Australian Labor Party, Liesl Tesch– Labor Member for Gosford, Bhagwant Singh Sialka our guest speaker from India representing Bhai Gobind Singh Longowal; president of Shrimoni Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (also known as SGPC) India’s apex Sikh body for making Gurpurab evening special by throwing light on Indian culture and addressing prayers to Guru Nanak Dev Ji with us. Dave Sharma– Member of Wentworth and Gurmesh Singh– Member of the Legislative Assembly, Member for Coffs Harbour weren’t able to attend the event because of Bush Fire in their constituencies, we wish them our deepest solidarity.
On this auspicious occasion, we wish that blessings of Guru Ji’s be showered upon you abundantly are our earnest and fervent prayers.
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