October 20th, Sikhs honor the Installation of the Scriptures as Guru Granth. On this day in 1708, the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, announced that he would be the last in a line of living Sikh Gurus. The sacred collection known as the Adi Granth was officially installed as the everlasting Guru, named Guru Granth Sahib. Among sacred texts around the world, the Adi Granth is unique in several ways: It contains wisdom from esteemed members of other religions, was compiled by multiple faith leaders and now is seen as the head of Sikhism itself—the faith’s central guru or teacher.
Sikhism rejects idol worship, so the Guru Granth Sahib is not worshipped as an idol, but rather emphasis is placed on respect of the book for the writings which appear within. Guru Granth Sahib is a collection of devotional hymns and poetry which proclaims God, lays stress on meditation on the True Guru (God), and lays down moral and ethical rules for development of the soul, spiritual salvation and unity with God. The book contains messages such as: all people of the world are equal; women are equal to men; there is one God for all; one should speak and live truthfully; and all should live in God’s will/order.
Rather then do a craft for this holiday the boys and I listened to some of the stories found here.
For our food we made heart cookies recipe found here. There weren't any traditional foods listed for this holiday but I did find these on a sikhism website. They were very simple and are kind of in between a cookie and a biscuit.
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup butter
- Mix together the three ingredients
- Mold dough into desired shapes. We did hearts and the letter H.
- Bake cookies for about 10 min at 375F.
That's it! Such an easy yet tasty recipe.