Around the time when Sikhs across the world celebrate the historic and religious festival of Baisakhi, the Gurdwara GuruNanak Darbar Sikh Temple in Dubai, broke a world record for simply following one of the main values laid out by the religion.
The Gurdwara made to the Guinness World Record by serving breakfast to over 600 people who came from at least 101 nationalities.
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The earlier record for serving food for people from different nationalities belonged to Nutella, when it served 55 nationalities in an event in Italy.
However, this particular event, which was called ‘Breakfast for Diversity’ was not conducted merely to set the Gurudwara apart but rather it was a way of embracing the tenets of the religion that espouse compassion and charity.
Surender Kandhari, chairman of Gurudwara GuruNanak Darbar, Dubai spoke to Khaleej Times noting, “Sikhism has always embraced diversity as it has been part of our faith and belief, that we are all human beings to be treated with respect. The Gurudwara has been spearheading charity and volunteer work not only for the Indian community but for the entire UAE community as well. We feel blessed to give in any form, as this is our selfless service to the society.”
This particular Gurudwara caters to over 50,000 devotees in UAE and continues to serve food for those in need of it regardless of whether there is a world record at stake or not. On weekdays, they serve close to 1,000 meals and on weekends they serve up to 10,000 meals. Food is served regardless of a person’s nationality, caste, religion, gender or background.