On Tuesday 23 October the DMU Sikh Society brought Langar to Campus and fed over 400 De Montfort University (DMU) students.
Langar is the term used in Sikhism for the community kitchen in a Gurdwara where a free meal is served to all the visitors, without distinction of religion, caste, gender, economic status or ethnicity. The free meal is also always vegetarian.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji established the langar because he rejected the Hindu caste system where people of different castes do not eat together. Guru Nanak Dev Ji wanted to stress the idea that everyone is equal. Everyone shares the tasks of preparation, cooking, serving and cleaning
DMU were lucky enough to hold the first Langar event of the academic year 2018 thanks to the DMU Sikh Society.
The DMU Sikh Society welcomed and fed over 400 students at their Langar event.
This was the first Langar event of the academic year and main purpose of the event was to show people the ‘Sikh spirit’ and how they help those in need. The DMU Sikh Society’s Langar event was even named ‘event of the year’ by Dominic Shellard, Vice Chancellor of DMU, at the society’s dinner in 2017.
Armaan, Chair of the Sikh society and organiser of the event, said: “There was a lot of people coming up and asking questions and showing an interest, so it was nice to take this opportunity to educate people on what we are, what we do, how we help those in need, and also get rid of any misconceptions. For example, questions like why Sikhs wear the Kirpan (Knife), and why do you wear a turban, is the most common ones we get.”
“I’m really happy with the massive turnout, it was great to see everyone getting on and enjoying the same meal while also seeing people talking to people whom they wouldn’t usually speak to.”
Armaan continued: “Also a big thanks to BOSS (British Organisation of Sikh Students) and MLS (Midlands Langar Seva Society) the charity we work with for all their hard work and man power”
Keep an eye out for DMU’s Sikh society’s next big event; Kirtan on campus. If you are interested in learning more about what the Sikh society does or just fancy meeting new people from a range of different religious backgrounds.
DMU Sikh Society meet Every Wednesday in the Queens Building from 6-9pm and offer free food.