The Sikh Temple Community Teesside will host the Sikh festival Nagar Kirtan in Middlesbrough’s Centre Square on 17July 2016.
Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term which means “Neighbourhood Kirtan”. “Kirtan” is a term describing the singing of Shabads (divine hymns). The term refers to the procession of Sikh Sangat (congregation) through the town singing holy hymns and giving out free food to the community.
The family fun day will start with a procession from the Sikh Temple to Centre Square at 10.30am. During the procession, there will be music and singing of the Sikh Holy Scriptures.
The event in Centre Square will start at 12pm. There will be speeches by key community leaders followed by a free lunch (langer) provided by the Sikh Community to all attending.
Additional attractions include information stalls about education, training and community safety and martial art displays.
The Sikh Temple has requested £5,000. However, a £2,400 contribution towards the event was agreed by the PCC. This was for traffic management, stage hire and construction and a public announcement system.
This decision supports the PCCs priority of securing the future of our communities.