Recently, I was invited by my children’s school to make a short video clip on their Multi Faith school trip. We are hoping to use the brief introduction video to show parents what the trip is about and to educate children who will be going in the near future.
Before we headed off, we had to make sure that all the children’s clothing was appropriate and the girls had a scarf and the boys had a hat/cap. If girls were wearing dresses with socks, they were asked to wear trousers with it. It is important to observe the dress code when you are visiting a temple. We had quite a few children who didn’t wear the appropriate clothing so hopefully this video will help others in future!
After the helpers were assigned to their group of children, we all hopped on the coach and promptly set off. The first place we went to was the Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara (Sikh) in Derby. Our coach was parked outside the temple’s bus stop. Before we entered the temple, the children were lined up into groups of girls and boys. The group of girl were ushered to the left hand side of the temple while the groups of boys went to the right. Everyone had to cover their heads with a scarf or hat, remove their shoes and wash their hands before entering the prayer room.
We learnt about the five articles of faith – Panj Kakkar:
- Kesh (uncut hair)
- Kangha (wooden comb)
- Kara (steel bracelet)
- Kirpan (sword)
- Kaccha – Kachhera (under garment)
Next we went to the Derby Hindu Temple Geeta Bhawan. Before we went into the prayer room, we had to remove our shoes and remain as quiet as possible. Children learnt the different types of Gods and five lights: fire, water, air, earth and space. Click the link to watch Derby Hindu Temple Geeta Bhawan – Educational School Tour https://youtu.be/veLPlIYItFM
I have tried to be as accurate as I can but I am very new to the Sikh and Hindu religions. If any information is wrong, do pop me a line!