Guru Martyrdom Day, Golden Temple attack to be marked locally June 4

May 26, 2016   ·   0 Comments

For the first time in Orangeville, the Martyrdom Day of 5th Guru of Sikhs and the 32nd attack on Harmandir Sahib, known as the ‘Golden Temple,’ will be celebrated on Saturday, June 4.

The event will be held at the Petro-Canada station, 17 Town Line, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. It will mark the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji, the 5th Guru of Sikhs, the history behind it and the importance of his martyrdom for Sikhism. Also being discussed is the attack by the Indian Government on Harmandir Sahib, considered the holiest shrine for Sikhism, in June 1984, explaining the history of the temple and the significance for Sikhism.

Heather Hayes, director of Orangeville Food Bank, will be there, requesting anyone to bring non-perishable food items. Katherine Johnson, manager of TeleCheck Services, will also be there to provide information about the services provided to the community. Loveen Kaur Gill, the founder director of Amar Karma Organ Donation Society as well as the Alzheimer Society, will be present for the occasion.

Narinder Paul Singh, owner of Call-A-Limo and one of the organisers of the event, says he’s hosting this event to educate Canadians and citizens of Orangeville who don’t know about these events.

“I should tell my Canadian friends who we are, why we celebrate these things to bring them closer to us. They should understand us.” Mr. Singh says educating others of these events will allow a wider knowledge and better understanding of Sikhism.

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