Mel & Jay’s incredible Sikh ceremony at Gurdwara Siri Guru Singh Sabha Phuket (Wat Sikh) & wedding at Sava Villa Natai Beach Phang Nga.
The couple prepared themselves for their sacred Sikh ceremony amidst the serene ambiance of Sava Villa located on the picturesque Natai Beach in Phang Nga. Following that, we embarked on our journey to the magnificent Gurdwara Siri Guru Singh Sabha Phuket (Wat Sikh) situated in the heart of Phuket Town. At their Sikh wedding ceremony, Mel & Jay took four rounds around the Guru Granth Sahib while the wedding hymns were recited, and the ceremony ended with the couple receiving blessings from the congregation and sharing a communal meal.
Upon our return, everyone present took a refreshing dip in the villa’s pool, seizing the opportunity to cool off from the tropical heat. The wedding ceremony itself was held on a sprawling lawn overlooking the turquoise ocean. We then had time for a wedding photoshoot at Natai Beach, against the backdrop of the sparkling waters. The wedding reception and an unforgettable party were held under a grand marquee erected on the villa’s grounds, and went on late into the night!
Did you know that Phuket, a popular tourist destination in Thailand, has a rich Sikh history that dates back almost a century? The first wave of Sikhs arrived in Phuket as early as the 1920s when they were brought in to work in the booming tin-mining industry under the British Army.
Some of these Sikhs also worked at the provincial court as mediators and translators and eventually purchased a large plot of land where they built their own Gurdwara, or place of worship. The first Gurdwara was a humble wooden structure, which was later reinforced with concrete.
Gurdwara Siri Guru Singh Sabha Phuket
In 2001, the Gurdwara underwent a major renovation and was rebuilt into a magnificent three-story building, all thanks to the hard work and dedication of the local Sikh community. The second wave of Sikhs to arrive in Phuket were predominantly business-minded individuals, many of whom were born and raised in Thailand, and whose relatives also reside in the country.
Today, there are around 40 Sikh families in Phuket, most of whom are now in their second or third generation. While there are very few new arrivals from India seeking work in the tourist industry, the Sikh community in Phuket continues to thrive and uphold its proud heritage. So the next time you visit Phuket, make sure to pay a visit to their beautiful Gurdwara and learn more about their fascinating history!
Sikhism is not just a religion, but a way of life that emphasizes the importance of experiencing, loving, and living with God. The Sikhs believe that by consciously remembering and eulogizing the Lord in every moment, they can gradually inculcate His virtues and become like Him.
This practice of remembering and resonating with the Omnipresent One is known as Naam Japna, and it is one of the three key principles of Sikhism. The second principle is Kirat Karna, which emphasizes the importance of working with honest labor and not cheating others. According to Sikhism, dignity comes from working and being socially responsible, rather than escaping from the world through asceticism.
The third principle of Sikhism is Wand Chhakna, which means sharing one’s earnings with the underprivileged. This act of giving is a sign of God, and it further bonds humanity as children of the same Father. Sikhism teaches that by serving the Creator through His creation, one can truly experience the love and presence of God.
From Mel & Jay
” We can’t stop watching the slideshow. Love love love! There are so many amazing pics.”