Langar: The Communal Meal
Within the Gurudwara, (a Sikh's place of worship) is a ‘langar’ that is a community kitchen, where the faithful practice the core values of equality and community in Sikhism. To put his or her values into practice, the Sikhs serve anyone a free meal, regardless of caste, creed, religion, gender, ethnicity or economic status. The langar in Richmond Hill is open from 6am -10pm and everyday from early morning to late night, Sikhs of various walks of life, age and gender, unite to volunteer in the kitchen to prepare countless meals and perform ‘seva’ - working in harmony while chanting prayers to Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. Langar and seva are the Sikh way of bringing the world together.
In documenting the inclusiveness and oneness of a communal meal at a Langar, this portraiture and environment body of work aims to celebrate the underlying theme of equality for all and the power of community in the most testing of times.