But for many Indian Sikhs, the move meant their first chance to celebrate Tuesday's holiday at a revered temple in Pakistan.
Seventy years after the partition of India, Islamophobia is still common among British Sikhs and Hindus. Often it's left unspoken, but rears its head when it comes to interfaith relationships.
The UK government is hiding almost a third of historic files that could shed light on SAS involvement in an Indian crackdown on Sikhs.
While one might imagine that there is a significant cultural gulf between India and suburban Kent, Guru Nanak FC have done much to forge a bond between the two. Now a multicultural football club, they have their roots in the local Sikh community.
It starts with making sure efforts to stop hate crimes aren't themselves discriminatory.
Over the weekend, Jagmeet Singh interrupted 'Sunday Morning Live' to talk about the killings of two Sikh youths during a peaceful protest, sparking online fury about a lack of media coverage. I had a chat with Singh about the complaints.
Community is sacrosanct to Sikhs. They are not to be fucked with. That same notion means that they are generous in giving back, especially when it comes to langar, an incredible meal that is free for anyone who wants it.