NATIONAL SIKHI WEEK
6TH - 12TH NOVEMBER 2017
Sikh student societies from colleges and universities across the UK will be hosting a week-long series of events as an opportunity to bring the Sikh spirit to campus. The theme of the week is ‘Sarbat da Bhalla’ which is a Sikh teaching to believe in the common good for all, regardless of race, gender, faith and ethnicity. Sikh societies are some of the most active, prominent and impactful societies on campus. National Sikhi Week will provide a platform to showcase their work so that Sikh and non-Sikh across colleges and universities can experience the Sikh spirit.
Societies are hosting seva events; volunteering to help charities and those in need in their local communities. For example, University of Leicester, Aston University, University of Manchester, University of Leeds, and Nottingham Trent University Sikh Societies, are respectively collaborating with local charities to run street kitchens for homeless people in the area. Reading University are planning a special Charity Bake Off to raise money for Cancer Research UK and Khalsa Aid.
There will be meditation and Sikh music events for Sikhs and non-Sikhs to explore Sikh spirituality. To name a few, Aston University, Birmingham City University, University of Hertfordshire, University of Leeds, University of Liverpool and University of Birmingham Sikh Societies will variously be hosting Sikh Raag Darbars (classical Sikh music), poetry and meditation sessions.
A number of universities are hosting events for those wanting to explore Sikh history and teachings. The societies of Kings College London have their regular Sikh Studies Class, Aston University are having a talk on Guru Nanak Dev Jee by Akaal Publishers, London School of Economics will be having a special ‘Sikh and Discuss’ event, University of Birmingham are hosting a ‘Debate & Dine’ event and University of Leicester are having a talk on Sikhs in World War I.
There’ll also be opportunities to attend regular events run by societies such as Punjabi classes, social events, Gatka classes and many more.
Shaheedi Book and Toys Drive Appeal
As part of National Sikhi Week, the British Organisation of Sikh Students (BOSS) together with the UK’s Sikh Societies, is launching an appeal to support this initiative by the Wahegru Foundation (www.wahegru.org). The aim is to collect books and toys for the children’s charities Acorns Hospice and The Children’s Society. The appeal is in honour of the Shaheeds of the Sikh nation who laid down their lives when confronting oppressive regimes and keeping the flame of freedom alive. Sikh societies will be collaborating with other societies on campuses for this worthy cause.