Diocese joins Sikhs in celebration of founding Guru's 550th anniversary

A unique celebration of religious friendship has been held at Bradford Cathedral to mark the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism.

Christians and Sikhs from across our region joined in song and prayer and heard a powerful address by Lord Inderjit Singh of Wimbledon, pictured speaking.

“It was a wonderful, groundbreaking event,” said Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Toby Howarth, pictured, who helped organise the evening in the 800-year-old cathedral.

“There were hundreds of people from Leeds, Bradford and beyond representing all the different Gurdwaras.

“Writer and broadcaster Lord Singh is one of the most prominent Sikhs in the country and told how we are not a multicultural society with people just living side-by-side, instead, we are an intercultural society, with everyone engaging with each other.”

The celebration included Christian song, Sikh devotional singing and South Indian dancing.

“This was an very special honouring of the Sikh Community by the Christian Community,” Bishop Toby said.

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