On the occasion of Valentine’s Day, a Sikh group has set up stalls across the UK to spread the message of love and remind people they don't need to be in a relationship to celebrate Valentine's Day. Educational outlet in UK namely ‘Basics of Sikhi’ had volunteers handing out roses, balloons and leaflets on love in Sikhi and to make the point that love should be celebrated every day.
According to Bhai Amandeep Singh, member of Basics of Sikhi, Sikh philosophy believes in celebrating love not just in an isolated way between two people, Sikhs celebrate love as all connected, and all are one. In fact, they celebrate this together every day in the house of the guru.
Similarly in Canada, The World Sikh Organization partners with local groups every year in February assemble and deliver care packages as part of One Billion Rising, an advocacy effort to end violence against women. In Edmonton, volunteers with the group Sangat Youth will take personal care supplies to Lurana Shelter, an emergency shelter for women with or without children who are escaping violence. Sunpreet Johal, vice-president of Sangat Youth, said volunteers spent the weekend assembling supplies in high demand at the shelter. Sangat Youth and the World Sikh Organization are also promoting help that’s available to address family violence — specifically the Sikh Family Helpline, a non-emergency resource for the Sikh community in Canada. This work is also an extension of the Sikh tradition of langar, the free communal kitchen that’s a part of every Gurudwara, or Sikh temple.