November 25 of 2015 is celebrated as the birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak known as Guru Nanak Jayanti, all over the world. In the city of Nawabs, Guru Nanak jayanti was to witness a historic celebration of Lucknow’s unity and amity thanks to Shoulder to Shoulder (S2S), a public group that was formed to strengthen ties between Shia and Sunni communities, and the Lucknow Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee. On the initiative taken by S2S, members of all communities of Lucknow had volunteered to participate and serve the langar (common kitchen) that took place at the historic Gurudwara Naka Hindola.
Volunteers along with their families, cutting across caste lines and from all the Lucknow’s communities not only helped in preparation of the feast but also welcomed the 25,000 visitors that were expected to be served the meal. In 2015’s Guru Nanak Jayanti , langar – the common kitchen, got a helping hand from the non-Sikh volunteers in preparing the traditional meal that comprises of sabzi (vegetable mix) daal (pulses), roti, chawal and halwa (dessert) and the S2S team also made sure sewain (vermicelli), the Eid specialty, was included in the menu.
S2S, A group that was organized through various social media platforms to counter sectarian divisions in in Shia and Sunni communities, had approached the President of the Lucknow Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, to offer their services to the Gurudwara in any way. The President of the Gurudwara committee welcomed the gesture an happily suggested Guru Nanak Jayanti. Adding that the Sikh Guru had Hindus and Muslims as followers by his side, he warmly welcomed the initiative as a historic moment when people across barriers will join to help the Gurudwara in organizing the langar.
We at lucknowpulse.com salute this historic event that brings forth Lucknow’s rich history of mutual existence, plurality, brotherhood and unity as an aspect to be cherished by us lucknowites and as an example bigger cities can aspire to be! Jai Hind.
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