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Guru Amar Das ji Jayanti


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Celebrations in Sikhism


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Guru Amar Das and Khivi, Angad Dev's widow, worked together to carry on the tradition of langar, free meals served from the guru's communal kitchen.

 He decreed that all who came to see him should be first fed and implemented the concept of "pangat sangat," nourishment of both body and soul, insisting all people sit together as equal without regard to gender, rank or caste.

 The Guru uplifted the status of women, and encouraged them to discard the veil. He supported remarriage and denounced the practice of sati, a Hindu custom compelling a widow to be burnt alive on her husband's funeral pyre.