Khalsa School Celebrates Sikh Environmental Day
March 17th was not quite a spring day; however, you could feel spring in the air.
On that day, more than 120 bubbly Khalsa School kids, ages 4 thru 18, lined up in GNFA open grounds to plant perennials tulips in pots to take it home. This day was designated by the Sikh-Eco Org and by the global Sikh community as ‘Sikh Environmental Day’. This day marks the New Year in Sikh calendar year 545 and the Gurgaddi Diwas of Guru Har Rai Ji, who is remembered in the Sikh history for his deep sensitivity to nature and its preservation. Historical documents narrate that Guru Har Rai ji’s affection for all forms of life as well as the animal sanctuary that he maintained at Kiratpur Sahib.
In planting, there was a great enthusiasm amongst older kids and parents who helped younger ones to plant the flowers. It was a team spirit of ‘little Khalsa and Big Khalsa’. All in all they planted 120 tulips. In addition, on a big poster, kids expressed themselves, ‘How can they protect Environment’, including, conservation, recycling/reusing, no littering, reducing energy and using less water.
Realizing, that the environment is critical in well being of human life, this kind of functions are more appropriate for the budding youth, who have a long-term relation with the environment.
The celebration ended with eating Pizza that was served in steel plates, not in styrofoam. It was a great day for parents and kids to sit together and chat, thus creating a camaraderie in Sikhi spirit. The function was made possible by collective efforts of a lot of volunteers including, our own Harvinder (Reena) Kaur Aneja, and with overall support of GNFA management.
Next day one parent expressed herself that “tulips were blooming” and that was a true depiction of decorative Gurbani quote on pot, “Dekh Phul Phul Phule ..” Year after year, looking at these tulips in their backyard, kids will remember that they planted those flowers in preservation and in honoring Sikh Guru – Guru Har Rai ji.