Sikh Open House Drew Many People

June 30, 2008

Author: Dr. Balwant Singh Hansra

Source: The Daily Herald

The Sikh Religious Society of Chicago hosted an open house on June 14 for the Palatine neighborhood non-Sikh community.

A steady flow of participants experienced the Sikh history exhibition displayed by S. Daljit Singh Deol, a video presentation about young Sikhs by Dr. Walia of Indiana, and another video presentation on the participation of Sikh soldiers in World Wars I and II by Sarwan S. Raju.

Young Sikhs sang Gurbani Shabads and projected their translation on the screen for visitors to understand and enjoy this aspect of spirituality. Thanks to Maneshwar Singh for organizing it. Each visitor was personally escorted by very dedicated volunteers to Sikh hospitality in the form of tea, sweets, Pakaura and Samosas. They tried their best to answer the intriguing queries politely and gracefully.

The Interfaith program was held in the congregation hall in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib. Over 250 people from many faiths graced the occasion. Bhai Mohinder Singh said a short prayer to open the program, followed by a welcome by SRS trustee Bibi Amarjit Kaur Atwal. A presentation was made by Dr. Baldev Singh on the "Message of Guru Granth Sahib to Humanity."