In 2018, Sikhs worldwide will be celebrating the 8th 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
In March 2017, over 4100 Gurdwaras, organizations and educational institutions were involved in Sikh Environment Day, hundreds and thousands of trees have been planted, gardens revived, flower shows, distribution of boota prasad, marathon / bicycle rallies by youth groups conducted, katha kirtans in Gurdwaras, organic langar and organic food stall setups, vehicle free day in institutions, green hola mohalla and much more grassroots work being done by individuals, communities and institutions for protection of our environment. 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.
Previous year’s celebrations reports:
Other useful links for SED-2017 at EcoSikh:
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