WATCH: Spanberger Wishes a Happy Gurpurab to Central Virginia’s Sikh Community

Nov 13, 2019
Local Issues

This Week Marks the Celebration of the 550th Birthday of Guru Nanak—the First Sikh Guru

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to mark the 550th birthday of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion.

During her speech, Spanberger sent her warm wishes to Sikh residents in Virginia’s Seventh District as they celebrate Gurpurab. She also described the life and legacy of Guru Nanak, whose teachings continue to influence the lives of Central Virginia’s Sikh community.

Click here to watch her remarks. A full transcript of her speech is provided below.

Across Central Virginia, our Sikh neighbors are celebrating the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak—the first Sikh Guru. They are celebrating the man whose teachings have shaped the core beliefs of their families throughout the centuries. And they are remembering Guru Nanak’s unwavering commitment to the plight of the poor, his push for equality for all, and his fight against discrimination.

Amid constant threats of invasion and disease, Guru Nanak encouraged his followers to focus on what united their people—not what divided them. In a world consumed by lies and deceit, he taught them to always pursue the truth. And while others sought to destroy and disregard the Earth’s resources, Guru Nanak taught his followers to be responsible stewards of the land.

In Central Virginia, we have a warm, vibrant, and strong Sikh community. To them I say, Happy Gurpurab.

I hope all of our district’s Sikh community members will have the opportunity to enjoy these special festivities alongside family and friends—and I thank you for your rich contributions to our cultural, business, and faith communities.

Together, we thank you for incorporating Guru Nanak’s principles of generosity, grace, and compassion into your daily lives. We are stronger because of you. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.


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