The mayor of Crawley Carlos Castro joined Sikhs at Crawley Gurdwara Ifield Green recently to celebrate the 449th birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
This is also known as Guru Nanak Gurpurab and is revered as one of the most sacred occasions for Sikhs.
More than 100 Sikhs from across Crawley and the South-East came together on what is regarded as one of the most momentous events in the Sikh calendar.
This year the Crawley Sikh community invited the Mayor and local councillors to join with their festivities.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born in 1469 and is renowned for promoting values of compassion, peace and respect for the whole world.
His teachings encouraged gender equality through every level of society, giving support to the most vulnerable and feeding the needy.
At the time his messages were revolutionary and provided the foundations which established the Sikh faith.
President of Sri Guru Singh Sabha Crawley, Jasvinder Kaur, said: “Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s teachings are as pertinent today as they were during the 15th and 16th Century. He founded the three pillars of Sikhi - Naam Japna (mediation of God), Kirat Karni (honest living and working) and Vand Chakna (sharing with others).
“Community is important for us, so we were proud that the Mayor and other councillors joined us to celebrate the life of our first Guru.
“I was pleased they took an active interest into learning more about our Guru and Sikhi in general. We hope to continue welcoming the wider community to our Gurdwara.”