The student Sikh Society will be holding Langar on campus tomorrow (Tuesday 14 March 2017) and students and staff are invited to join them at the Students' Union, City Campus.
The Langar or 'free kitchen; was started by the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji in about 1481. It is designed to uphold the principle of equality between all people of the world regardless of religion, caste, colour, creed, age, gender or social status; to eliminate extreme poverty in the world and to bring about the birth of 'caring communities'. In addition to the ideals of equality, the tradition of Langar expresses the ethics of sharing, community, inclusiveness and oneness of all humankind. "..the Light of God is in all hearts." (sggs 282)
For the first time in history, Guruji designed an institution in which all people would sit on the floor together, as equals, to eat the same simple food. It is here that all people high or low, rich or poor, male or female, all sit in the same pangat (literally 'row' or 'line') to share and enjoy the food together.
From 11am - 3pm, the Society will be serving fresh vegan food. There will be an exhibition and stalls inside the venue too.
On entry, guests will be asked to remove their shoes in a special area. In this area volunteers will collect the shoes and place them in a grid. Each grid will be numbered and the shoes will be placed in each box. Each person will be given a raffle ticket with the number that corresponds to the box in which their shoes are placed.
After guests have removed their shoes, another set of volunteers will cover guests' heads - done with rumaals. Once their heads are covered they will be taken to the area where they wash their hands. Using two water barrels (provided by BOSS), volunteers will aid the guests in washing their hands.
Once this is done, the guests queue up to get their food and then will sit in the area for food to enjoy the time together with other guests.