Year 7 visit the Huddersfield Gurdwara during the summer term. This is to support their knowledge and understanding of the religion, but also support their work towards the Alien Quest scheme of work.
Students have the opportunity to tour the building and learn about what it mean to be a member of this faith community. The Sikh community usually offer the students a drink or sweets or if they are lucky a lovely curry!
Students are required to wear a head covering and remove their shoes before entering the prayer hall - these are both signs of respect.
Information about the Gurdwara
The Gurdwara has a langar or kitchen where anyone is welcome to come in for a free vegetarian meal. This is an important part of the Sikh belief in charity and helping those in need.
On entering the main prayer hall, a believer would bow down to the ground in front of the Guru Granth Sahib. He or she would make an offering of money or food before sitting on the floor. The Guru Granth Sahib is the Sikh holy book. It is treated as if it is a living guru - having it\'s own bedroom, clothing and offerings of food being made to it. A chauri is used to wave over it - in Indian culture this is to waft flies away. Everyone is seated on the floor - to show equality - no one is higher than anyone else. A Sikh would wash their hands before reading a passage from the Guru Granth Sahib. Prayers and songs would be sung. After a talk from one of the leaders within the congregation, prashad is shared - a fudge-type sweet. This is to leave a sweet taste and memory of your time at worship. Believers would then go into the langar to share a meal together.