Happy Bandi Chorh Diwas

Today is the Sikh celebration of Bandi Chorh Diwas! This is the day on which Guru Hargobind Sahib was released with 52 Kings from Gwalior Prison. The word “Bandi” means “imprisoned”, “Chhor” means “release” and “Divas” means “day” and together “Bandi Chhor Divas” means Prisoner Release Day.

Bandi Chorh Diwas and Diwali are separate festivals although they take place on the same day every year. People often think of both of these events as the same but in fact they represent two quite different events in history.

Bandi Chorh Diwas represents freedom and the triumph of light over dark but it is also a time to remember, to do something for those less fortunate. These are sentiments that ring universal for spiritual people all over the world, no matter what your faith.

UNITED SIKHS wishes everyone a very happy and resplendent Bandi Chorh Diwas and Diwali!

Read President Obama’s Diwali message here.

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