‘neighbourhood divine-hymn singing’

I was startled this morning when – from just beyond my window – came the joyous sound of drums and chanting. According to the BBC Berkshire website, today is the day that the Sikh community in Reading are celebrating the birth of their faith by having ‘a colourful, celebratory procession called Nagar Kirtan, which means ‘neighbourhood divine-hymn singing’ in Punjabi.’

It was an extremely friendly procession and lollipops and leaflets were being given out to people of all faiths who had come to witness it. I am all for neighbourhood divine-hymn singing and the sense of joy radiating out from the procession was beautiful.

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