British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sent his warm wishes to the Sikh community to commemorate Guru Nanak’s Gurpurab – the birth anniversary of the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak.
Johnson said on social media: “I want to send my warmest wishes to the Sikh community on this sacred day to commemorate Guru Nanak Gurpurab – the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, founder of the Sikh faith. His inspirational messages of love, community and selflessness resonate now more than ever.
“Sadly, restrictions remain in place in England until 2 December, so communal worship for this celebration will not be possible this year. I appreciate how hard it is to be unable to worship together, and harder still that it comes close to rule changes when communal worship will again be possible.
“I recognise as well that this sacrifice is only the most recent in a monumental effort the Sikh community has made to help us all fight this virus; from providing food to front line workers to supporting vulnerable members of the community.
“These sacrifices are essential in limiting the spread of the virus and ultimately beating it, so thank you for your endeavour, endurance and patience. I hope you are able to celebrate this day safely and peacefully.”