Gurpreet Singh and I have always taken the children out of school for Bandi Shhor, Gurpurab and Vaisakhi for the last eleven years. We must send our children the message that says, ‘for this day, everything stops!‘
The day is planned like most plan Christmas. Going to the Gurdwara, doing seva in the Gurdwara and outside, cooking, kirtan, gifts, games, quizzes and talking about the importance of Sikhi and the day itself.
You are authorised to have three days absence under religious observance, but this can vary from borough to borough. Warning to a school is always suitable, especially if you have never done this before and want to start. But always confirm with a letter or email.
I have attached the letter I use for my children and welcome you to download and amend it accordingly – click the image above to download.
Happy Sikhi Day!
(whichever you are celebrating)
With an increase of hate crime and younger sikhs being bullied for their long hair, dastaar or patka… it is important to educate sikh children on who they are and why they have long hair. Further to this, we must educate schools, colleges and educators on the sikh faith and the sikh head covering. Download this PDF to share with schools on the Sikh head coverings.
Raising children in faith is a beautiful thing but there are challenges. It is important to my partner and I that whether our children choose to follow the path we have raised them on, that they remain connected to their source, their creator. God. Allah. Vaheguru…. The creator has many names and answers to all. But how do we raise our children to love ‘something’ they cannot see, hear or touch?
Guru Granth Sahib Jee, the living Guru of the sikhs (God on earth) tells us that actually, you can can hear God, you can feel God and you can even touch and smell God. We do this through the shabad (God’s Word)… We do this through the breath (of life) and through serving humanity. It is about us speaking to the children about God and answering questions to support their understanding.
As I mentioned, through the shabad we can meet God. But with school and extra curriculum activities, how can we teach our children Gurbani. Click the link above for an interactive PDF of tips that I try to use – I hope you find it useful.
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When MK, my eldest daughter was born, I was looking at all the books around us on the Sikh faith. The images were very confusing and did not protray that of the faith and what it stands for. I was also saddened to see that there were no books on the Sikh women in our history.
Oneday, I was in Waterstones and noticed that the childrens section had no books on Sikhi and sent a message to a friend telling him this. His reply was, ‘So write one then!’… with God’s Grace I did. Six books in fact!
These books were independently published by SHARE Charity UK and all profits were used to create more content for children. These books are now available for free on You Tube in animation. Click the image below to watch. Enjoy!