Pak plans grand celebrations on Guru Nanak birth anniversary

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Attari: Punjab Minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu who returned back to India after attending the ground breaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor seen shadowing at Attri-Wagha border, Punjab on Nov 29, 2018. (Photo: IANS)

Lahore:  Information and Culture Secretary of Pakistan’s Punjab province Raja Jahangir has asked its different cultural departments to give within a week an outline of the preparations for Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary celebrations in November, media reports said.

According to the Dawn newspaper, the Punjab government is keen on encouraging religious tourism and sees the occasion as the perfect opportunity to attract Sikh pilgrims from India and abroad.

At the meeting attended by seniors officials of several departments, a suggestion was forwarded to set up a temporary art gallery at Nankana Sahib and Kartarpur mapping the pictorial journey of all the sacred places of Sikhs in Pakistan. Officials said books written on Sikhism and its scared places could be displayed in the exhibition.

There were also proposals for ticketed musical and theatre events at Nankana Sahib and Kartarpur. The Lahore Museum, it was suggested, could put on display a special exhibition featuring Sikh artworks and culture.

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