8th Dec, 2016

Sikh charity hand out free drinks as part of Chabeel Day

Shaun Reynolds 23rd Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

CITY RESIDENTS were treated to free drinks courtesy of a Sikh charity as part of a religious event aimed at raising public spirits.

The uplifting gesture, part of Chabeel Day – an international day of commemoration for Guru Arjan Dev Ji – saw refreshments handed out to the public while Sikhs across the world continued the theme in 11 different countries.

Midlands Langar Seve Seva Society, a Sikh ethos hunger relief charity, served the refreshments while doing their regular feed.

Gurdeep Singh, organiser of the event, said: “It was a great day of community integration.

“Through this simple gesture of handing out a free drink on what was a warm day – we was able to put a smile on peoples faces and have a chat about why we’re doing it.

“We spoke to hundreds of people and hopefully many of them went away with a bit more understanding about the Sikh faith.”

Chabeel is a Punjabi word referring to a sweet, cool, non-alcoholic drink made up of rose-water, syrup, milk and ice.

Traditionally, Sikhs have offered Chabeel to the general public on hot days – especially between May and June – when Sikhs remember the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji.