Thousands Gather to Celebrate 400th Anniversary of Sikh Scriptures

September 13, 2004

Source: Toronto Star

On September 13, 2004 the Toronto Star reported, "[M]ore than 2,000 people, mostly Sikhs, who yesterday headed to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the compilation of the holy Sikh scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib. For first-generation Sikhs in Canada like the Sunners, it was an opportunity to learn more about their religion and to hear English translations by Sikh scholars of the holy teachings, which in the temples are often recited in Punjabi and written in Gurmukhi script... Yesterday's event coincided with celebrations in India and followed an earlier event marking the 400th anniversary: the sacred arrival in Toronto this spring of 149 volumes of scripture. The books were flown with great ceremony from the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the only place in the world where the scriptures are officially published. The Guru Granth Sahibs were distributed to local temples and individual home."