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).