Pak Govt makes special arrangements for Guru Nanaks birth anniversary

November 21st, 2007 - 2:31 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Nov 21 (ANI): Pakistani authorities have made special arrangements to commemorate the 538th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak with great zeal.
Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the Sikh religion, was born in November 1469 at Talwandi, now called Nankana Sahib.
Additional Secretary Muhammad Khurram of Shrines and Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) said that the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) and the ETPB would accord a warm welcome to Sikh pilgrims arriving on November 21 to attend Guru Nanaks birth anniversary.
About 4,000 Sikh pilgrims from India are expected to arrive in Pakistan to participate in the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, he added.
They will stay till November 30, while the celebrations will last from November 21 to November 24, he added.
About 25,000 pilgrims from all across the world including 100 pilgrims from Afghanistan, 100 from Dubai, 80 from Iran and about 2,000 from Europe along with 5,000 Hindus from Sindh would participate in the festival, ETPB official said.
He said Indian pilgrims would visit various sacred places including Gurdwara Sucha Sauda, Kartarpur Shaib, Rohri Sahib and Gurdawara Panja Sahib.
The pilgrims will visit Hassan Abdal and Gurdwara Panja Sahib from November 28 to November 29, he said, adding that they would stay at Gurdawara Dera Sahib at Lahore.
The anniversaries of Sikh Gurus are known as Gurpurabs (festivals), and celebrated by Sikhs with devotion.
Gurpurabs mark the culmination of Prabhat Pheris, the early morning procession that starts from the gurdwaras and then goes around localities singing shabads (hymns).
The celebrations also include the three-day Akhand path, during which the Guru Granth Sahib is read continuously, from beginning to end without a break.
On the day of the festival, the Granth Sahib is also carried in a procession on a float, decorated with flowers, throughout a village or city.
Five armed guards, who represent the Panj Pyares, head the procession carrying Nishan Sahibs (the Sikh flag). Local bands play religious music as a special part of the procession, the Daily Times reported. (ANI)

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