Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    Sikh celebrations to be held in WA

    10/11/2017 12:05 PM
    • ​Community commemorates the biggest event on the Sikh cultural calendar
    • Events also honour the Sikh contribution to Australian armed forces

    The Western Australian Sikh community will be coming together this weekend to celebrate the anniversary of Guru Nanak - one of the most important dates in the Sikh faith.


    The celebration marks the 548th birthday of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism and on whose teachings the religion is based.


    For more than 11,000 Sikhs in WA, the anniversary will be spent singing, praying and eating with friends and family.


    A Nagar Kirtan (Sikh parade) will be held on Saturday, November 11 at 9am in Forrest Chase, Perth, as a part of the celebrations.


    Coinciding with Remembrance Day, this will also serve as an opportunity to commemorate and honour the Sikh servicemen and women who served with allied forces in both World Wars.


    The parade will be followed by a religious ceremony held on Sunday, November 12 at the Sikh Temple in Canning Vale.


    For more information, visit http://www.sikhgurdwaraperth.org.au


    Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:


    "The WA Sikh community are renowned for their pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit.


    "From the 19th century, when Sikh cameleers became a vital lifeline for the new rural economies of regional Australia, through to their selfless services in the armed forces, the Australian Sikh community have been major contributors to the development of this nation.


    "Today, the WA Sikh community continues to contribute to the State's development and are active and successful across many sectors.


    "This weekend's celebrations are an opportunity for everyone to learn more about the Sikh community who have played such a prominent role in the State's history."


    Minister's office - 6552 5600