THE BELFAST SIKH COMMUNITY
The Sikh temple at Belfast was established in May 2000, which led to the formation of Sikh community association in Belfast. Religious meetings are held in the Temple, along with other musical and cultural activities. The Sikh temple at Belfast known as Gurudwara Guru Nanak Dev Ji, has been established in a residential building granted by Housing executive in 1999, is located on the Duncairn Gardens in North Belfast. It was indigenously modified and is funded by the members of the Sikh community of Belfast. There are approximately 50 Sikh families residing all over in Belfast. The Sikhs in Belfast generally come from the business background, IT professionals, Nursing and teaching."When His Name resides in the mind, Anger and conceit are washed away - Guru Amar Das Sri"Every Sunday we conduct prayer sessions which comprise of Paath, Kirtan and Langar from 12.00-15.00pm.Sikhs came to Northern Ireland around 1950s. During this time about 5-6 families moved to Northern Ireland from Punjab in India. The population then grew with time. The population had a mix of business and professional Sikhs. The families settled here by carrying out door to door selling of clothes. These involved taking orders and meeting the demand of their customers. They got the items from wholesale markets in Belfast and selling them further and making profits. Then around 1970 market trades started all over NI whereby majority of Sikh population earned their living.
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