Hong Kong 2006
Chapter 18:
Religion and Custom
Traditional Festivals
Muslim Community
Hindu Community
Sikh Community
Jewish Community
Other Faiths
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Sikh Community

The Sikhs came to Hong Kong from the Punjab, India, as part of the British Armed Forces in the 19th century.

There are now about 8 000 Sikhs in Hong Kong who conduct their religious and social activities in the Sikh Temple in Queen's Road East. The temple, which was established in 1901, provides daily religious services as well as free meals and limited accommodation for overseas visitors of any faith. It also houses a specialist library containing books on the Sikh religion and culture as well as a kindergarten for four to six year-olds.

The most important holy days and festivals observed by the Sikh community are the birthdays of Guru Nanak (founder of the faith), Guru Gobind Singh (the 10th Guru) and Baisakhi (the birthday of all Sikhs).

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