November 20, 2009: The 540th Anniversary of the Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji--On Friday we hosted a reception commemorating the 540th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first guru in Sikhism. It was the first time that this holiday has ever been celebrated at the White House. Members of the Sikh community from around the country were invited to celebrate the occasion with traditional hymns led by the Sikh Kirtani Chanters from the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India.
April 15,1469 –September 22, 1539)
Guru Nanak was the founder of the religion of Sikhism and the first of ten Sikh Gurus.