Sikhs visiting Pakistan for Guru Nanak’s birthday

Islamabad, Nov 20 (IANS) Ahead of Guru Nanak’s 546th birth anniversary celebrations next week, a large number of Sikh pilgrims from across the world, most of them from India, are reaching Pakistan.

Nankana Sahib city, near Lahore, is considered the birthplace of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism.

Hundreds of Sikh pilgrims from India would cross Wagah Border on special trains where senior officials, including Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) chairman Siddiq-ul-Farooq, secretary Ikram-ul-Haq, and others would welcome the guests, The News reported on Friday.

Dozens of other Sikh pilgrims would arrive by air in Pakistan from different countries and then leave for Hasan Abdal town in Punjab province’s Attock district.

The pilgrims would leave for Nankana Sahib city on Sunday (November 22). On Tuesday, they would go to Farooqabad city and later visit Gurdwara Janam Asthan to participate in the main birthday celebrations on Wednesday, November 25, the media report added.

The pilgrims from India would return to Lahore to return to India through Wagah Border later this month.

Guru Nanak’s birthday is celebrated worldwide as Gurpurab on Kartik Poornima, the full-moon day that falls on different dates each year in the month of Kartik, October-November.

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