The British Prime Minister Theresa May recently hosted a Vaisakhi reception at 10 Downing Street, her official residence, where she paid tribute to the Sikh community to celebrate the festival of Vaisakhi.
The Prominent Sikhs from all walks of life joined the prime minister as she acknowledged the achievements of the community and also noted that 2019 marks the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh guru, in 1469. Importantly, the year 2019 marks the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh guru, in 1469.
Speaking on the occasion, the British PM said, "This of course is a particularly important year for the whole of the Sikh community 2019 marks the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh guru, in 1469. And I am sure we will see many events to celebrate this later in the year”. Speaking to guests Ms. Theresa May also said, "This is such a special event – coming as it does when the days are growing longer and together we can celebrate spring”.
The prime minister also reiterated Britain’s regret over the Jallianwala Bagh anniversary during India’s freedom movement.
On this occasion, the Prime Minister also presented a Point of Light Award to Manjit Gill, the founder of a charity called Binti, which campaigns to providing menstrual dignity to girls around the world. The prime minister also met children from the Nishkam School Trust, who presented her with a framed Vaisakhi prayer and a flower garland.
The Downing Street celebration also involved a ‘Shabad Kirtan’ Performance by students of the Nishkam School in west London. There was a range of individuals attending the event - from MPs, representatives from various Sikh organisations and gurdwaras. By organizing such an event for the Sikh community, May showed the importance of Sikhs in the diversified tapestry of Britain.