Singapore: Preparations are on for the four-day festival of Barsi, said to be the largest Sikh event outside Punjab, at Gurdwara Sahib Malacca in the Malaysian state of Malacca, starting May 30. The festival commemorates the death anniversary of Baba Sohan Singh, a Sikh saint who lived in Malacca and passed away in 1972 at Ipoh General Hospital near the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
The highlight of the event is the continuous recital of the Guru Granth Sahib for three days. This year, a special memorial will be held for a former priest, Giani Mahinder Singh Ji Khalsa, popularly known as Khalsa Ji.
Around 45,000 Sikhs from Asia, Europe, Australia and the US are expected to congregate for the event.
Baldev Singh, president of the Sant Sohan Singh Ji Malacca Memorial Society Malaysia, was quoted by a daily as saying that Khalsa Ji was recognised for his missionary work (Sikhi Parchar) in Malaysia, Singapore, Germany, Holland, Britain, Pakistan, India and Indonesia. He also travelled extensively to promote the message of Sikhism to the Sikh youth around the world and was well-versed with the sacred
Source: The Tribune