The following is the message sent by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to mark
Guru Nanak’s Birthday – Gurpurab di lakh lakh vadhai.
I’d like to send my very best wishes to Sikhs in London and around the world celebrating the birthday of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith.
Guru Nanak was born almost five and a half centuries ago. His ideas were revolutionary and universal. He upheld the rights of the poor and underprivileged in society, and travelled across Asia and the Arab world to preach equality for all people, regardless of caste, religion or gender.
The Sikh community continues to follow in Guru Nanak’s footsteps, be it by feeding the homeless, fighting for equal rights for all, and by working hard in all industries and professions. They are an inspiration to all Londoners.
London is an amazingly diverse city, and its communities are what make it unique. Much like Guru Nanak’s vision of the world, London is open to everyone, regardless of who they are, where they come from or what they believe in.
So, from my family to yours, gurpurab di lakh lakh vadhai.