A celebration event has been held in the city for the 550th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
The event at the historic St Mary’s Guildhall saw civic, faith and community leaders gather to pay their respects to the founder of the Sikh religion.
Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born on 15 April 1469, and died on 22 September 1539, at the age of 70. His birth is honoured across the world, and for this year’s anniversary, many events have been held in the city.
A procession was held on Sunday, with floats and hymns, and 550 trees have been planted in local parks and greenspaces through the Sikh Union.
At the dinner, councillors praised the effect Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s teachings have had on the city.
Cllr Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader, said: “It is wonderful to think that a man born so many years ago can still be having such an impact on the daily life of our city and helping to make it the beautiful place it is today.
“His teachings play a very important part in our city and our strong Sikh community is such a valued and loved part of our life.
“By following his messages of equality, of sharing and helping others, they have helped Coventry to become the beautiful multicultural city that it is today. His wisdom has lasted throughout the years and we are very glad and very honoured that it plays such a strong role in our lives.”
Cllr Gary Ridley, Leader of the Conservative Party, added: “His words have inspired many over the years – including myself - and they have certainly inspired our city.
“He was strongly opposed to discrimination in all its forms, both in word and deed. That is a message our city lives by, both here at home, and in our work around the world to bring people together in peace and friendship.
“We are committed to putting equality and inclusion at the heart of everything we do. The strength of Coventry lies in its diversity – from our communities to our workplaces, our schools and our cultural life. The teachings of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji are a vital part of that.”
Guests at the event included mayors of neighbouring towns; representatives from Gurdwaras and other places of worship in the city; Colonel George Marsh, Deputy Lord Lieutenant; and Aman Puri Consul General of India.