PESHAWAR: Celebrations for the 352nd birthday of Prakash Parv that had commenced on Friday at Gurdwara Bhai Joga Singh Mohalla Jogan Shah Qissa Khuwani, concluded on Sunday.
The three-day event was organised by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Department of Hajj, Auqaf, Religious and Minority Affairs to show sign of harmony and celebrate inclusiveness.
On the first day, the procession was marked by the rendering of divine hymns by Sikh community including men, women and youth.
Over 5,000 Sikh devotees from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa took part in the procession and converged at the programme to attend Akhand Path followed by Shabad Kirtan and langar.
Police personnel were deployed by the department and adequate measures were put in place to ensure full security for smooth and hassle-free celebration.
The chief guests included Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) Ravi Kumar, Wazir Zada, Ranjeet Singh and other government officials.
The major attraction of the procession was the display of ‘Gatka,’ a famous Sikh martial art and other famous sword exercises.
On this occasion, MPA Ravi Kumar paid tribute to slain Soran Singh and said that his services will always be remembered.
He also said that such events will build an understanding of the traditions and beliefs of minorities and people here have shown a sign of interfaith harmony. He also maintained that section 4 has been imposed for the land of Shamshad Ghat.
In this regard, MPA Wazirzada said that celebration of minorities events will help spread love and peace. He maintained that the minorities are allowed to practice religion freely.
KPHajj, Auqaf, Religious and Minority Affairs Secretary Hidayat Jan stated that they have allocated budget for religious festivals of minorities of KP.
The birthday of Guru Gobind is one of the most important and major festivals of the Sikh community across the world.
Guru Gobind is known to Sikhs as Guru Gobind Singh Prakash or the dawn of light. He was born on January 5, 1666.