Last week we went to different places of worship. These were the Mosque, the Mandir, the Gurdwara and the Cathedral.
First we had to cover our heads before we went inside the mosque and then we had to take our shoes off. We were very quiet to show respect. The mosque was huge inside. We didn’t expect there to be so many Qu’rans inside the prayer room. The outside of the building was green, white and brown. We thought it was beautiful. The carpet is designed with lots of different sections on as prayer mats.
Next we went to the Mandir. Inside we saw lots of beautiful, golden statues. The statues were fragile so we weren’t allowed to touch them. There were three bells inside the Mandir for people to ring when they arrived and left to say hello and goodbye to God. Usually when people arrive to pray at the Mandir they bring an offering to leave there and then when they have finished praying they are given a sweet or some fruit as they leave.
After that we went to the Gurdwara. At the Gurdwara we were very lucky to taste some food. We tried roti and dahl, we thought it was scrumptious. All baptised Sikhs carry a small sword to show that they stand up for what they believe in. There was a continuous prayer being read for 48 hours whilst we were there and three Granthis were rotating their reading.
Lastly we went to Derby’s cathedral. The building is very tall and on the very top of it there was a lion. The cathedral is very grand. We went downstairs to St. Catherine’s Chapel, which was a plain room where people could go and pray quietly. There was a golden, brass eagle on the pulpit. Did you know that Ruby’s Great, Great, Great Grandfather was a blacksmith and helped to make the cathedral’s gates?
Our trip was really exciting –Maya.
It was an amazing trip – Phoebe
I thought it was the best trip ever – Ellora
I never knew much about Muslims before the trip – Navneet
I loved visiting the cathedral and going down into the chapel - Ruby
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