Year 8 Cultural Trip to the Central London Sikh Gurdwara

 

Monday 10 March 2014

 “On Monday the whole of Year 8 went on a trip to London to see a real Gurdwara!  The bus journey was quite long (and loud!) but it was very much worth it once we got there.  The building itself wasn’t actually as big as I thought it would be but it was still a great experience.  Once inside we had to respect their religion by washing our hands, taking off our shoes and covering our heads with a scarf.  When we were all ready, we went inside into a big hall where the Guru Granth Sahib (the Holy Book) lay.  As we all sat on the floor to show we are all equal, a man who actually was a Sikh, was telling us about the place of worship.  When we sat and listened, actual Sikhs came and knelt down and brought gifts to respect their religion and it was really interesting to watch them.  After we exited the hall we were given a traditional pudding called ‘Parshad’ which was made of butter, sugar and semolina.  It wasn’t bad, it was just a surprising taste!  Then we went into the langar, a traditional dining hall, where we enjoyed a lovely meal of vegetarian curry and chips!  In the langar we also sat on the floor to show equality.”  Eleanor Ryan

“The Year 8s went to the Central London Gurdwara for a great experience.  When we entered we took off our shoes and covered our head with fabric or scarves.  After a few giggles about our new looks we washed our hands and headed for the prayer hall.  The floor was laid with white sheets which we sat on to show equality and the flowers, gold frame, Sikh writing and the gold canopy were all equally amazing.”  Georgia Eaton

 

 “We went to the Gurdwara in central London.  It took a long time to get there but was worth it.  We got the experience of wearing a head scarf around our head and saw Sikhs in action, bowing and using the Chauri.   This was really enjoyable and taught us a lot.  It was really good to be able to see an actual Gurdwara in person and it was an amazing experience to actually see the Guru Granth Sahib and proper Sikhs.  Something that Rajinder Singh taught us was that they treat women equally and allowed them to go into battle in the past. Furthermore we got the opportunity to have the meal which was really nice.  After that we went for a tour round London and saw many famous landmarks which was extremely fun.”  Will Lynch

  

  “It was amazing how we actually saw real Sikhs walking to the Guru Granth Sahib.  They went onto their hands and knees and kissed the floor and gave the Guru Granth Sahib some money.  We also saw a man wave a Chauri (fan) over the book to show respect and keep it cool.  The food was OK, but I didn’t really like it because it tasted a bit like flour and it stayed on your tongue for a bit, but the chips were amazing they were so nice.  The tour around London was fantastic and the banter in the bus was funny.  All the boys and girls were singing.  The trip was amazing getting to see a real Gurdwara so thank you Mrs Hurren, Mrs Moss and Mr Todd!” 

Imogen Sheldrake

 

“Overall it was a great trip and a view of a different culture.  I only wish that I could understand the man a bit more so that I would know much more about the beliefs and facts of Sikhism.  All of this, however was a great experience and one I would recommend to Year 7s if they get the opportunity next year.” Sam Green

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