Well done Year 4! You showed excellent maturity and respect when we visited the Sikh temple this morning. We were so lucky to be shown around one of the biggest Sikh temples in the country!
We were welcomed into the temple, where we took off our shoes, to ensure the temple stays clean, washed our hands and then put on scarves to cover our heads. Everyone in the temple must have their heads covered, men and women. Once we were ready, our tour started.
We looked around the temple then had a talk about Sikhism and how it is 550 years old this year. That meant that Guru Nanak, who started it, had his birthday 550 years ago. There were big celebrations all around the world for this. This temple commemorated (celebrated) this monumental event by planting 550 trees in the local area. They did this because Sikhism teaches that you should look after the earth, and we all know how important trees are, to help us breathe and keep the air clean. They planted 549 by the canal and one tree in the local churchyard. Our guide said they had very good relationships with the church and they were asked to plant the tree there, to help celebrate the Guru’s birthday.
We then went onto the balcony to see an array of painting about Sikhism.
It was fascinating to see in paintings, how the Sikh religion came about and to see our guide wearing the 5 K’s that we learnt about in school. She also showed us where the Guru Granth Sahib (the holy book) is kept. It is treated like a person (the last Guru), as it tells all Sikhs how to behave in order to learn, share and grow as a good person.
We were so lucky to see the main hall where they pray, sing hymns and listen to the priests recite the holy book. We paid respects to the holy book as we entered and then sat and listened to a prayer. We were given a sweet as a blessing.
We were also welcomed into the dining hall where they serve “langar”. This is where anyone who comes to the temple can come and eat. Everyone is welcome, no matter what faith you are. Everyone who works in the kitchen and all around the temple are volunteers. They give up their time and put a lot of effort into keeping the temple running. There were lots of volunteers in the kitchen and the children had lots of chips, beans and squash! Some children even tried a little “roti” (flat bread).
Everyone was very full by the time we said our goodbyes…but we had a little room for our lunches when we returned to school.
Thank you to Mr Baddhan for helping organise the trip and coming with us.
We hope you have seen the wonderful picture of our trip – see all the photos here.