Monday, November 2, 2009

Guru Nanak Jayanti

Today India celebrated the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism. Sikhism was founded in the XV century in reaction to the Hinduism and Muslim - whose rituals and practices Guru Nanak strongly criticized. Sikhs believe in the value of hard work and abide by a very strict code of moral conduct (abstaining from alcohol, tobacco, drugs... not sure about sex). Among the characteristics that make the Sikhs easily recognizable, the unshaven beard and uncut hair (often wrapped in a turban), symbolizing saintliness...

(In the picture above Manmohan Singh, Sikh and current Indian Prime Minister)

Taking advantage of the day of national holiday, we visited today Purana Qila (‘Old Fort’ in Hindi), the inner citadel of the city of Dina-panah, or ‘sixth Delhi’ (it is in fact proven that at least seven different cities were founded were now lies Delhi - even though many believe that the number of cities is in reality much higher...).

After three weekends dealing with logistics, this is the first day in which we finally manage to visit a bit our new town...

1 comment:

  1. E' per quello che tra i nostri governanti non abbiamo nessuno con barba e turbante.