Events organized by SSA's
Langar Day is all about equality, spreading a positive message, and helping end world hunger. Langar is a community kitchen where everyone is welcome to serve and to eat. We feed 6 million people worldwide every single day but there are a lot more than 6 million people who are hungry. With Langar we all sit on the same level on the floor and share the same meal. Sikhism is about humanity and equality. A king sits no higher than a servant-all life is equal. It’s all about compassion and learning to serve others. Serving food is a great way to learn how to give.
Every day, we see people turning eyes and turning away from problems. When someone needs help, we think that it’s not our problem or we don’t need to help them so we turn a blind eye. However, what Langar is teaching us is to serve others. When we see someone that needs support we put ourselves in their shoes and help out.
Turban Day breaks down cultural division, distress and aggression against various faiths which is caused by general ignorance. Turban Day will help tackle the animosity directed towards these misconceptions that students have and encourage equality among all. Wearing the Turban is a symbol of dedication, self-respect, bravery and sovereignty. Just like Langar, the Turban encourages humanity and equality.
Our objective is to eliminate these pre-existing conditions, circumstances and hierarchies. This will help students find similarities to relate to one another and decrease bullying because of religious differences. This was apparent when Sikh Students Association held their first Turban Day in 2013 and all students participated and embraced the event. Students of different backgrounds tied the Turban and acknowledged the basic understanding of the turban and happily tied it as well.
Downtown Seva Initiative
The High School SSA’s go Downtown Toronto to serve the less fortunate and provide them with the necessities of life we take for granted. We are able to provide those who may not be able to get basic necessities such as socks, gloves, a fresh meal, snacks, piece(s) of clothing, etc. This project gives the youth an opportunity to serve others and appreciate what we have. During the holiday season of giving and sharing, it gives the youth an opportunity to make others smile, get blessings and practice the concept of giving.
2018 Downtown Seva Initiative will be taking place on Thursday, December 27th, 2018.
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