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Canada: Chair For Sikh Wedding Couple Causes Uproar, HSCA Issues Apology

The management of the Oakville Gurdwara in Halton (Ontario, Canada) in a statement apologized to the Sikh community after a ‘untraditional’ marriage ceremony solemnized at the gurdwara was not executed according to the Sikh tradition.

In a video clip which went viral on social media, a Sikh woman getting married to a white man could be seen doing the Anand Karaj ‘lavan’, around the Guru Granth Sahib in a Sikh wedding, and then sit on a chair after every circumlocution.

The video caused uproar among Sikhs and various Sikh bodies commended this act, as per Sikh wedding the couple sits on the ground, along with the rest of the congregation.

Halton Sikh Cultural Association (HSCA) manages the gurdwara where this incident took place on 4 July 2019.

In response to the incident, HSCA president Balbir Singh Chohan and general secretary Amrik Singh Deol issued a statement apologizing for the violation of Sikh tradition and assuring that in future they will be more careful.

THE LETTER FROM THE HALTON SIKH CULTURAL ASSOCIATION

Halton Sikh Cultural Association, 2403 Khalsa Gate, Oakville, Ontario, Canada, L6M 4J2

5 July 2019 |Press Release

Guru Piaree Sadh Sangat Ji.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

The management of Halton Sikh Cultural Association deeply regrets the untraditional marriage ceremony of yesterday at Halton Sikh Cultural Association (Gurudwara Sahib Ji), which has caused much pains, hurts and sadness among the Sikhs Sadh Sangat. The management will investigate every aspects of the ceremony and inform the Sikh Sadh Sangat what has caused this incident.

Unfortunately, it seems the wedding planners have acted on their own without any permission from the management.

The Halton Sikh Cultural Association (Gurudwara Sahib Ji) have always followed the Guru Rehat Maryada of Shree Akal Takhat Sahib Ji. The management of Halton Sikh Cultural Association sincerely apologize and ask for forgiveness from Shree Guru Nanak Nam Leva Sadh Sangat Ji.

In future, we will certainly use extreme alertness and monitor every activity in order to avoid any such incident.

Yours Sincerely,

(Sign)

Balbir Singh Chohan, President and Amrik Singh Deol, General Secretary

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