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Sikh Festivals, Celebrations and Rites of Passage

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Festivals are extremely important to Sikhs. As Sikhism was formed in India in the 15th century and the major religion of the time was Hinduism, a few major Sikh festivals fall on the same date as important Hindu festivals. For instance, Divali is a Hindu festival but it is also celebrated by Sikhs, because an important event in their history happened at this time. We will be looking at the festivals of Divali, Baisakhi and those that celebrate the lives of the ten Gurus, called Gurpurbs. Different stages of life are also extremely important in Sikh life. In particular these include birth and naming ceremonies, and the initiation of a person into the Khalsa, which is called the amrit ceremony. We will also explore the Sikh view of marriage between two people, as well as death and funeral rites.

Author: Jonathan Beaufort-Jones Publisher: GCSEPod®
Narrator: Carol McGuigan ISBN: 978-1-84906-149-0
Video ISBN: 978-1-84906-649-5

Chapters

  1. Baisakhi and Divali
  2. Gurpurbs, the Festivals of the Ten Gurus
  3. Birth and Naming Ceremonies
  4. The Amrit Ceremony and Entry into the Khalsa
  5. Marriage and Divorce
  6. Death, Life After Death and Funeral Rites

Exam Board Relevance

  • Edxcel
  • AQA
  • CEA
  • IGCSE (EdExcel)
  • OCR
  • SQA
  • WJEC
  • IGCSE (CiE)

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Titles

Chapters

  • Amrit Sanskar
  • Baisakhi
  • birth rites, naming ceremonies and the nurture of the young
  • Changing attitudes to divorce in the United Kingdom
  • Differences among Sikhs in their attitudes to divorce including the reasons for the attitudes
  • Diwali
  • funeral rites, and beliefs about death and dying, life after death
  • Grounds for divorce
  • Gurpurbs
  • Gurpurbs (especially the birthdays of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and Guru Gobind Singh Ji, and the martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji)
  • Hola Mohalla
  • How and why Sikhs celebrate melas and gurpurbs: Diwali
  • How and why Sikhs celebrate melas and gurpurbs: the akhand path
  • How and why Sikhs celebrate melas and gurpurbs: Vaisakhi
  • Importance to a Sikh of being married
  • initiation ceremonies
  • Initiation into the Khalsa amrit vows
  • Marriage a spiritual and physical union
  • Marriage ceremony centrality of Guru Granth Sahib; Javan hymn
  • Naming ceremony
  • Sex only permitted within marriage
  • Sikh Family Relationships, divorce
  • Sikh Family Relationships, marriage
  • Sikh Rites of Passage, birth and naming
  • Sikh Rites of Passage, death
  • Sikh Rites of Passage, marriage
  • The amrit ceremony: its origin, meaning and significance
  • The amrit ceremony: the main details of the ceremony
  • The amrit ceremony: the role of the panj piare
  • the ceremonies which mark birth rites, the significance of the events for Sikhs, and the ways in which the ceremonies reflect Sikh belief
  • the ceremonies which mark funeral rites, the significance of the events for Sikhs, and the ways in which the ceremonies reflect Sikh belief
  • the ceremonies which mark initiation ceremonies, the significance of the events for Sikhs, and the ways in which the ceremonies reflect Sikh belief
  • the ceremonies which mark the marriage ceremony, the significance of the events for Sikhs, and the ways in which the ceremonies reflect Sikh belief
  • the marriage ceremony
  • The nature of religious experience for Sikhs, as seen in the amrit ceremony, miracles, prayer, and how these may lead to or support belief in God
  • The practice, meaning and significance of Sikh worship: diwan
  • The practice, meaning and significance of Sikh worship: the ardas and karah parshad
  • The practice, meaning and significance of Sikh worship: the use and effects of kirtan, shabads
  • The purposes of marriage in Sikhism, including the main features of a Sikh marriage ceremony (anand karaj, lavan, circling)

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