Let’s Celebrate Baisakhi!

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Let’s Celebrate Baisakhi!

‘Baisakhi’, also called as ‘Vaisakhi’ is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar that marks the celebration of spring harvest and is also the first day of the month of ‘Vaisakh’ in the Hindu calendar. This day also commemorates the creation of the Khalsa Panth in 1699 and is traditionally celebrated on either 13TH or 14Th of April every year. During Baisakhi, the farmers especially from the northern parts of India offer their prayers and gratitude for a good harvest of their crops and gear up for the next sowing season. Hence, Baisakhi is also known as the spring harvest festival of India. The day is celebrated with great enthusiasm and vigour, and involves food, dance, and music! Today we bring to you, a few ways in which you could celebrate Baisakhi this year –

  1. Decorating Your Home

Baisakhi is celebrated with the colours of red, orange, and yellow. You can decorate your house with flowers, hang curtains, draw a beautiful rangoli at the entrance of your home, and light lamps that are mostly in the shades of red, orange, and yellow. These colours are considered as the official colours of Sikhism, and will also give your home a vibrant, warm, and festive feel!

  1. The Holy Dip

On this day, many devotees take a holy dip on the banks of the Ganges River. It is believed that this ritual will wash away your sins and let you make a fresh start. You could also take the holy dip at your home in your tub, in the morning and wear new clothes to welcome fresh and new beginnings.

  1. Attend A Baisakhi Fair

Baisakhi fairs or Baisakhi Melas are one of the highlights of this festival. You could attend these live fairs that have folk music, food stalls, live dances, and many more. These fairs are a perfect place to spend time with your family and enjoy the live performances with them, on this festival.

  1. Visit the Golden Temple

Most Sikhs visit the Golden Temple on the day of this festival, where Khalsa was pronounced. The Golden Temple is considered as the most sacred place in their religion. The temple is lit up during the celebrations, prayers are offered, the ‘Granth Sahib’ is read, and devotees take a dip in the holy water of the Golden Temple.

  1. Attend A Nagar Kirtan

Nagar Kirtan is a custom of holding public processions that are led by Guru Granth Sahibji and the Panj Piaras (Five Beloved Ones), who represent the first disciples of the Sikh Khalsa Panth. The holy Sikh scripture is placed on a float. The word ‘nagar’ means town, and ‘kirtan’ means singing of hymns, so people sing holy hymns, demonstrate the Sikh Martial Art of ‘Gatka’, as the dhol drummers and the entourage that consists of camel carts and horses, are involved in the procession.

May Waheguru be with you in all your endeavours and bless you with health, wealth, and peace.

India Sajawat and Puja Hut wishes everyone a Happy Baisakhi!