Free Food, with a Side of Sikh

November 5, 2007

Author: Liana Grey

Source: Washington Square News

Hundreds of students filed into the Kimmel Center on Thursday, took off their shoes and sat in rows on long, white sheets. There, they enjoyed vegetarian food and learned about the Sikh religion.

About 360 students came to the NYU United Sikh Association's third biannual langar, a Sikh celebration that provides free dinner to anyone interested.

The purpose of langar is to bring people together from different socioeconomic statuses, external vice president and CAS sophomore Satjeet Nayar said.

"Langar was started to abolish the caste system in India," she said. "It's a very, very important part of Sikhism because of what it teaches, including humility and equality."