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Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s 550th Parkash Purab

This year marks the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s birth and beginning of the development of the Sikh religion. To commemorate, Sikh communities around the world will be celebrating his legacy and contributions to Sikhi. Following this momentous year, the focal point of Sikh Heritage Month celebrations this April will be around the unifying concept of Ekta - unity & oneness.

Ekta - Unity & Oneness

The first word of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Ek is the root of Gurbani and the Sikh way of life. Ek (or Ik) stands for the Gurmukhi numeral "One" and the concept of Ekta as the theme of Sikh Heritage Month celebrations this year highlight the need for us as communities to understand that there is so much more that unites us than what divides us.

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ਖਾਲਿਕੁ ਖਲਕ ਖਲਕ ਮਹਿ ਖਾਲਿਕੁ ਪੂਰਿ ਰਹਿਓ ਸ੍ਰਬ ਠਾਂਈ ॥
— SGGS, 1349

Khaalik khalak khalak meh khaalik poor rehiou srab taanee ||1|| rehaao||

The Creation is in the Creator, and the Creator is in the Creation, totally pervading and permeating all places. ||1||Pause||