Known for offering free langar (feast), Sikh community in Birmingham, England hosted a completely free feast for all the homeless inside Birmingham Railway station. This feast was hosted on the occasion of Christmas. The charity group offered Christmas Eve feast to more than 200 homeless people at the train station. (check: Simmba 1st day collection.)
The feast was hosted by Midland Langar Seva Society (MLSS), an organization headed by Randhir Singh Heer and Paramjit Singh, the group transformed a section of the New Street Station in Birmingham into a temporary dining area, they also placed some tables and chairs for comfortable dining.
Speaking to Indian Newspaper, The Indian Express, Paramjit Singh said, “We served langar to over 200 homeless people in Birmingham among other food items. Their joy and happiness knew no bounds. This is the true spirit of Christmas — to serve those who are in need. The homeless people have no one to provide them with food. We decided to rope them in the celebrations so that they do not feel left out.”
The feast meal had all vegetarian items including tomato soup, roasted vegetables and cakes and custard for dessert. The local community also joined hands in distributing winter clothes, coming as the real Santa Claus for homeless people. Paramjit added in his statement that Guru Nanak’s Langar concept doesn’t limit to Sikh community or Sikh festivals, it’s for everyone.
“We keep distributing langar on a daily basis but here, the idea was to do it for the homeless. The volunteers prepared delicious food and served the homeless people we had invited to the station,” he added in the statement.
This year during June, the society was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award, the highest honor given to local volunteer groups across the United Kingdom to recognize the outstanding work done in their own communities. Currently they are operational in over 17 cities of the United Kingdom.