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Baptism and Amrit Sanskar

Sikhs who have been through the Amrit Ceremony or in other words Amrit Sanskar, become baptised sikhs. The sikhs wear the 5ks which are: Kesh (uncut hair), Kara (steel bracelet), Kanga (wooden comb), Kaccha (cotten underwear) and lastly the Kirpan (steel sword). The sikhs wear the 5ks to show that they are part of the Kingdom of God.  A Sikh can go through this initiation as soon as they are old enough to understand the full commitment  that they are making. The ceremony ends with the eating of the ceremonial karah parshad. Parshad is a sweet tasting food which has been blessed. It is made from semolina, sugar and ghee.

They take new names just as we do in our Catholic baptism. Catholics also do something like the 5ks, we follow the values of the Kingdom of God and many more. When sikhs are baptised they have to remember God just as we do after we get baptised. The ceremony is to be conducted in a quiet place like us Catholics do at our ceremony. The sikhs believe that there is only one God, we do aswell. During the ceremony, hymns are recited from the Sikh scripture, prayers are said, and the principles of Sikhism are affirmed. At the Catholic church we do that but in a slightly different way.

During the ceremony and other times men and women normally sit apart in the gurdwara, we sit altogether as if we were a big family. We have our baptism as soon as our parents or guardian decide that they want there child to be a Catholic. Sikhs use a Guru Granth Sahib (the holy book). Catholics use a bible. A sikh place of worship is called a Gurdwara. Catholics show love to God in a place called a church. At the ceremony the amrit is prepared. Amrit is a mixture of sugar and water that has been stirred with a double-edged sword. Catholics have the holy water ready. The candidates for initiation drink some of the amrit from the same bowl, and have it sprinkled on their eyes and hair. In the Catholic church the priest pours the Holy water over the babies head three times and says, “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit Amen.