Monday, September 8, 2008

Ask The Youth A Question

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

My blogging is far has been really passive in the sense I have just showed you a little about what we do and about Prince George. Part of the reason I started to blog is to get the youth to share their opinions about Sikhi, culture etc. with the general public. So this is your time to ask the youth a question. You can click on the comments button at the bottom of the post and leave your question there or you can email them at pgsikhyouth@khalsa.com. Either myself or one of the guest youth bloggers will answer the question on a post.
Ever wondering what we were thinking? Now is the time to find out.

17 comments:

  1. When is the PG Vaisakhi/Nagar Kirtan Parade?
    I know it is at 10am.

    ReplyDelete
  2. The nagar keertan is on May 16 from 10am-3pm as usual. Hopefully there isn't any snow by then:)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Wow...I just wanted to say well done. I was born and grew up in Prince George, went to UNBC, and then moved to the lower mainland after graduation at the end of 2006 to further my career options. When I was growing up there were very few Sikh youth that cared about our culture or respected our culture or even knew anything relevant about our culture. I am really impressed, keep up the good work!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I came across your blog researching Prince George, I am moving there from Vancouver for a new job and will be living in Prince George for atleast 2 years. Considering I have never been to PG, or even remotely close, i was wondering where you would reccomend I stay. I would like to live close enough to the temple but also close to my job at UNBC. Any suggestions? Any new condos/apartments going up?

    ReplyDelete
  5. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
    Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

    Firstly, congrats on moving here.

    We recommend that you stay in the Upper College Heights area. This is a very clean and beautiful area that has less pollution than other areas. It is also very close to UNBC (it takes about 10 minutes to get there), the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Temple (it takes about five minutes), and close to grocery and other stores (Save On Foods, Walmart etc.). A lot of people that work at UNBC live in this area.

    There are apartments and condos for sale in the Southridge area, particularly Southridge Avenue. I’m sure if you check the realtor websites, you can find more condos and apartments for sale in this area.

    Good Luck
    PG Sikh Youth

    ReplyDelete
  6. Good afternoon. After having attend the PG Vaisakhi celebration, I have a few questions.

    Regarding turbans - I noticed quite a few younger men (not just children) wearing more of a bandana than a traditional turban. Do the men have a choice of what kind to wear or do the 'rules' vary because they're outside, perhaps? Also, is there any significance in the colour of turban a person chooses to wear or is that personal preference?

    Just curious. Thanks for the opportunity to ask a question.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Thanks for attending the Vaisakhi celebration. Sorry for the late reply! I found some responses for your questions and have pasted relevant parts below.
      From http://fateh.sikhnet.com/s/WhyTurbans#Colored%20Turbans
      “What is the purpose of different colored turbans?
      Turbans come in every color and pattern but there are three colors most commonly worn: white, deep blue, and saffron orange. White turbans are worn to extend the aura and the person’s projection. Royal blue or navy blue turbans are common among Sikh ministers and gyanis, especially in India. The blue is the color of the warrior and of protection. Saffron orange is the third Sikh color and is commonly worn by Sikhs worldwide. Orange represents wisdom. Black turbans can represent surrender of the ego. Other colors of turbans don’t have a significance associated with them. Sometimes it’s just a case of fashion, of matching a turban to a business suit, for example.”
      From
      http://sikhism.about.com/od/religioustolerance/a/Sikh_Turban.htm
      “Why Are There Different Turban Styles?
      Style and color may reflect association with particular group of Sikhs, religious conviction, or fashion. There are many different styles and colors of turban. A longer turban is usually worn in a formal setting such as a business occasion, a wedding, a religious program, or celebration. Popular colors are blue, black, white, and orange. Red is often worn for weddings…
      Turban styles include but are not limited to:
      • Domalla - Double length turban of 10 or more yards or meters.
      • Pagri - Double width turban of five to six yards or meters.
      • Dastar - A single turban of four to six yards or meters.
      • Keski - A short turban of two or more yards or meters.
      • Patka - A square of half to one yard or meter, tied over the joora (top knot) and head.
      Fifty - A half yard or meter worn beneath turban usually in contrasting or decorative color.”

      Delete
  7. sir/madam.......next year (2015)i am comming for study purpose in college of new caledonia(cnc)
    and i am thinking about affordable apartment which is near to temple and my college as well .can u give me any recommendation.thx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies

    1. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.
      I am sorry for the late reply. I don’t know if you have found a place yet. Finding a place near CNC/temple depends somewhat on if you have a car. If you have a vehicle, it is very quick to get anywhere in town (groceries, temple, school etc). If you are taking the bus, you may want to live closer to CNC. There are two temples in PG- one on Kelly St. and one on Davis Rd. It may be difficult for you to find a nice apartment downtown. A lot of students rent basement suites instead of getting an apartment. The area near Davis rd is a nice area with basement suites, which is close to the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh temple and if live near a bus stop, it can take you to CNC if you don't have a car. Some students live in apartments at the bottom of the university hill (Glenshee road). Good luck!

      Delete
  8. When is the nagar kirtan this year?

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hi,
    I am in a comparative religion course at UNBC. The course requires we have three religious encounters, in which we attend a religious ceremony/service/gathering in order to learn about other religions. I am very interested and curious about the Sikh religion, and i was wondering if i would be able to attend a service at one of the temples here in Prince George? If so, when do they take place? And, is there expectations i should be aware of before hand to avoid being disrespectful to the people of the temple?
    Thank you,
    Jenni

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Jenni, yes you would be able to attend a service at either temple! Although Sikh temples are open everyday to the public, it would probably be best if you went on a Sunday when there are more people to help guide you and you would get the most out of the experience. What time you go depends on how long you want to be there but I would say 11 am is a good time to aim for because you will get to see a mixture of things happening at the temple. People walk in at various times so it wouldn't be odd for you to go earlier or a little later. Some rules are that there is no smoking/drinking on the temple premises, you can bring your own head covering or there are ones provided for you, and you take your shoes off when you enter the temple. Basically once you enter theres an area for shoes and to wash your hands. You should wear something that you are comfortable sitting in so I don't generally recommend skirts because they can be uncomfortable. Everyone sits on the ground, be aware not to turn your feet towards the holy scriptures that you bowed down to because that is disrespectful so most people sit cross-legged. Theres lots of people around on Sundays to show you what to do, which basically is you bow down and sit down to listen to the service. There will probably be music around the time you go. At around 12pm they have a prayer in which everyone stands. After that, there is a reading from the holy scriptures, and you will be offered "prasad" to eat which is kind of hard to describe but its sweet. People head downstairs for lunch which is free and you are welcome to join! People are friendly and helpful, don't feel scared or nervous about attending. We are happy to have you as a guest!

      Delete
    2. For anyone who has a similar question in the future, check out our post
      Guide to Attending the Gurdwara
      http://pgsikhyouth.blogspot.ca/2016/05/guide-to-attending-gurdwarasikh-temple.html

      Delete
  10. hii, my question is regarding job opportunities in PG as I am coming to PG from Punjab to study in cnc , so will I be able to manage my expenses?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, I have seen a lot of students working at restaurants (we have quite a few punjabi-owned restaurants) to manage their expenses, but there are other job opportunities out there. I know students who were at the university with me found jobs at the university so I'd imagine there may be similar positions at CNC. You'd have to look into it. Are you an international student? If so, the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society (phone number 250-562-2900) should definitely be able to help you out in your search for a job.

      Delete