Sikh Children's Day, an annual event hosted by Supreme Sikh Society at the Takanini Gurudwara, witnessed a spike in the number of performers at the religious recitals and gatka and other sports performers.
The annual children’s day sees over hundreds of children, both male and female participating in the competition such as Kavishri, Gatka, Dastar-bandi (turban tying), poetry, speech, Gurbani singing, Sikh art and essay writing.
Young children aged as young as four years old participated in the competition and not just from Auckland, but people travelled with their children from Hastings, Palmerston North, Bay of Plenty and different parts of Auckland for the annual event.
“The purpose of this event is to get our children more connected to the Gurudwara, our culture and history. Events like these create a new benchmark for these children to come forward and read, learn and understand the Gurugranth, perform Gurbani, poetry and do kirtan,” Daljit Sikh said.
Mr Singh also lauded the participation spirit of the children who put a lot of effort trying to learn, practice and spread the knowledge amongst each other.
“These children use their spare time besides the school hours to come forward and learn more about the culture. We especially applaud the efforts of the parents who take the initiative and challenge to get their children towards truth and religion,” Mr Singh added.
To support the event, Honorary Consul Bhav Dhillon, MP Kanwaljit Bakshi along with NZ Police came forward and interacted with the community members and acknowledged their work for the greater community.
NZ Police also came out with a fancy tractor with NZ Police signage which garnered a massive attraction for the visitors, especially the children who posed for pictures with the tractor.
The annual children’s day celebration ended with the prize giving ceremony of the children and langar for the visitors at the event.