Supreme Sikh Society on Sunday, October 27 is hosting its annual Bandi Shhor Diwas at the Takanini Gurudwara that is expected to be attended by 20,000 people for all communities.

Bandi Shhor Diwas is one of the biggest events in the calendar of the Sikh community across the globe that coincides with the Hindu festival of Diwali. The biggest religious festival in New Zealand besides the Auckland Diwali event on Aotea Square, gets the crowd of all age groups, from children to elderly and from different communities to participate in various in-house activities planned at the Gurudwara.

The event is a juxtaposition of both celebrations (coinciding with Diwali) and an evening of prayer and spiritual upliftment that is observed by people from all walks of life, especially from the Sikh community.

“This is one of the biggest events in our calendar like the Sikh Children’s Day and other sports and Nagar Kirtan events held at our premises,” Daljit Singh form Supreme Sikh Society told The Indian Weekender.

The event will be started at 7 p.m. on Sunday inside the Gurudwara where prayers, Kirtan, and teachings of Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak will be recited for the attendees.

“We have our community members from all over New Zealand travelling for this event on Sunday such as from Nelson, Wellington, Tauranga, Palmerston North and from as far as Christchurch who has reserved group accommodations at our guest houses inside the premises,” Mr Singh said.

The significance of Bandi Shhor Diwas is that people from the Sikh community light their homes, and Gurudwaras, prepare a sumptuous feast, exchange gifts within families and friends, and invite members of other community to participate in their festival.

The highlight of the event besides the prayer services, Akhand Paath and activities at the Gurudwara is the 15-minute massive fireworks that are going to light up the skies at the at 10:15 p.m.

“Our firework at the end of the event is one of the most iconic items in our programme that people from different parts of the city travel to see and witness the extravaganza,” Mr Singh added.

The Gurudwara has invited people from different parts of the city, irrespective of their faith and culture to come to the event and witness the festival of the Sikh community and a massive gathering of community members at one place.

“Since we have our new sports complex ready and to be opened shortly- we are expecting an even bigger attendance at the festival starting from the day time also to see the newly built and yet to be opened iconic sports complex,” Mr Singh said.