The Langar or free community kitchen is a hallmark of the Sikh faith. It was established by the first Guru of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, around the year of 1481. It is designed to uphold the principle of equality between all people of the world regardless of religion, caste, colour, creed, age, gender, or social status; to eliminate the extreme poverty in the world, and to bring about the birth of "caring communities". In addition to the ideals of equality, the tradition of Langar expresses the ethics of sharing, community, inclusiveness, and oneness of all humankind.
Bhai Desa Singh in his Rehitnama says, "A Sikh who is 'well to do' must look to the needs of his poor neighbours. Whenever he meets a traveller or a pilgrim from a foreign country, he must serve him devotedly.
“We’re all just walking each other home” ~ Siri Guru Ram Das Ji
Share kindness. Share love. Join our Gravesend Langer Seva sevadars every Tuesday at Guru Nanak Darbaar Gurdwara, Gravesend and/or The Grand, High Street, Gravesend.
4.30/5pm: Guru Nanak Darbaar Gurdwara, Gravesend. To prepare and make the weeks menu. 7pm: The Grand, High Street, Gravesend. To serve food, chat, eat food with our friends. Hand out the goodie bags and take away boxes. 8pm: Guru Nanak Darbaar Gurdwara, Gravesend. To clean big dishes.
Each week (Saturday before) a list is posted up by Palwinder Singh of the weeks menu on a WhatsApp group. You simply write your name with the item you want to donate on the group. Items should be dropped off to the Langer Seva cupboard by 2pm on the Tuesday before if you wish (Prepping and cooking is far easier if all ingredients are ready to go!)