South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Sikh Awareness Week

Mon, April 7, 2008

Sikhism is a young, monotheistic religion that originated in the northern portion of India in the 1500's. While it is the 5th largest world religion with approximately 23 million followers, Sikhism is a relatively unknown world religion. During our event, we hope to spread the word about Sikhism and dispel common misconceptions, such as that Sikhism is a blend of Hindu and Islamic cultures. This semester, we have joined the fight against world hunger as a way to incorporate seva into our Awareness Week. Seva is the concept of selfless service without expectation of personal benefit and is an integral part of Sikhism. To learn more about seva and other aspects of Sikhism, attend Sikh Awareness Week! The events are as follows:

Tuesday, April 15th Kickoff Rally - West Mall, 11 AM to 2 PM - We will be tabling in West Mall to publicize the fundraiser and the other events for the remainder of the week. Fundraiser - Stixs Bistro (Guadalupe and Dean Keeton near Madam Mams), 4 PM to 10 PM - Proceeds will benefit the World Hunger Campaign. Come have a kabob and help end world hunger at the same time! Wednesday, April 16th

Service Project - Salvation Army, 3:45 PM to 6:45 PM - While our fundraiser will benefit a global campaign to end hunger, our service project at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen hopes to tackle that issue on a local level. This service project is open to all UT students. Please contact for more information. Thursday, April 17th

Tie-a-Turban Day - West Mall, 11 AM to 2 PM - We will be offering to tie turbans on passersby. The turban is a prominent symbol in Sikhism, yet is highly misunderstood and misrepresented. We hope to educate the UT community about Sikhism and the significance of the turban. Free Claypit food will also be served. Movie Night - GSB 2.124 (in the Business School), 6:30 PM to 9 PM - SSA is teaming up with Hindu Student Council to show the movie "Amu," which touches on the horrific attacks on Sikhs in 1984. An overview of the events leading up to the incident will precede the movie and a discussion will follow. There will be snacks at this event. Friday, April 18th

Bhangra Night - Union Showroom 2.208 (across from Wendy's), 8 PM to Midnight - Bhangra is a high-energy dance that originated in northern India. We will have a DJ and all the latest Punjabi hits. We invite the UT community to join us at this easy-to-learn dance!

All of our events are free and open to UT students, faculty and staff.

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