14th March, 2017
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In 2017, Sikhs worldwide will be celebrating the 7th annual worldwide Sikh Vatavaran Diwas (Sikh Environment day or SED) on March 14th. This day marks the New Year in the Sikh calendar and the gurgaddi divas of Guru Har Rai Ji, who is remembered in Sikh history for his deep sensitivity to nature and its preservation
Last year, over 3500 Gurdwaras, organizations and educational institutions were involved in Sikh Environment Day, hundreds and thousands of Sikhs shared organic langar at the Golden Temple, planted trees, participated in bicycle rallies, katha-kirtan on nature theme, seminars on health, environment rallies, clean-up drives and so on. The entire episode is meant to pay tribute to the seventh Guru, Sri Har Rai ji for the environmental vision he established in his lifetime.
You Can Play a Role, this year to help us reach Gurdwaras, schools, and organizations in Punjab and the Diaspora holding events celebrating the message of ‘Pavan Guru Pani Pita, Mata Dharat Mahat.’ By following Seven Easy Steps to Celebrate March 14.
March 14 is the day is for Sikhs to celebrate and reflect their bond with the environment.
Gurdwaras can hold divaans on nature theme and inspire sangat, instal solar panels, hosting workshops, kitchen gardening, story sessions for young children
By joining in, Sikhs across the world will share what the environment means to them, and raise awareness about the state of ecology across their spiritual homeland, Punjab. Share the SED17 info at your Gurdwara notice board today.
Major Sikh body, Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee has already announced the March 14 celebrations throughout Punjab. SGPC has also called upon the Sikh sangat and Gurdwaras to participate in the worldwide celebrations and pay tribute the seventh Guru.
This is an annual celebration planned by EcoSikh, an organization that was created as the Sikh community’s contribution to the 2009 Plans for Generational Change project, initiated by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) . The project works with the major world religions on long-term plans to improve their relationship with the environment.
Other useful links for SED-2017 at EcoSikh:
- Gurbani on Nature: Eak Bageecha, a compilation of Gurbani hymns about the nature with intro in Punjabi or English
- Checkout SED Timeline from 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016
- 10 minute Eco-Prayers for schools in English and Punjabi
- How to raise and care for a plant in your home or garden
- PowerPoint slideshow in English and Punjabi
Short Film Makers: are encouraged to create 60 sec teasers to mark their participation and play a huge role in inspiring the Sikhs of all age worldwide.
Hash Tag for FaceBook and Instagram for 2017: #SikhEnvironmentDay2017 and #SED17
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