Happy Baisakhi

Baisakhi Dates
Date Day Year
14th April Tuesday 2015
13th April Wednesday 2016
13th April Thursday 2017
14th April Saturday 2018
14th April Sunday 2019
13th April Monday 2020

Baisakhi festival that is celebrated by farmers, as it marks the time for harvesting the Rabi crops. The festival of Baisakhi is mainly celebrated in Punjab and Haryana and is considered to be one of the major festivals of Sikhs. Every year it is celebrated on thirteenth April . Baisakhi 2017 is on April 13, Thursday.It is said that the festival of Baisakhi has a lot of importance for Sikhs, as the tenth Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh ji laid the foundation of Panth Khalsa on the day of Baisakhi in 1699.

The festival of Baisakhi is celebrated every year on April 13th.Baisakhi is known for a couple of important events.

  • This festival of Baisakhi  is a new beginning for the farmers, as it is the time to harvest the crops and they thank God for the rich yield of crops and pray for abundant growth ahead .

  • Farmers in the northern part of India celebrate the festival of Baisakhi and the celebrations of this festival can be enjoyed in Punjab and Haryana.

  • It is a festival of harvest, as harvesting of Rabi crop occurs on this day and farmers thereby celebrate this day by performing several rituals and customs associated with it to thank God for high yield of crops.

  • It is also said that in 1699 Guru Gobind Sing ji founded the Khalsa Panth on this day and therefore this day has a special place in the life of Sikhs.

  • There are some rituals and customs that are performed by people on the Baisakhi day. People generally wear new clothes on this day and perform folk dances, bhangra and gidda.

  • There are special dresses that are worn by people to perform bhangra and gidda on Baisakhi, as it is the most integral part of Baisakhi celebrations.

  • The most important ritual of Baisakhi celebrations is to take a bath in the morning and visit Gurudwara. Sikhs try to visit Golden temple and Anandpur Sahib and these places face a large crowd during the festival of Baisakhi.

  • For those who are not able to visit Golden temple and Anandpur Sahib can visit a nearby Gurudwara in their locality. People recite prayers in Gurudwara and all the devotees who visit Gurudwara are offered with langar that is a holy food. 

  • In the evening on the Baisakhi day people take Guru Granth Sahib, the Holy book of Sikhs for a procession and the procession is accompanied by Panj Piyaras. Several Men, women and children are also a part of Baisakhi procession.

  • The entire procession is marked with lot of excitement, as devotees sing religious songs and one can hear the sound of drums.

  • The common lines that are recited by Sikhs in the procession are “Bole so nihal”, “Satnam Waheguru” and many other lines to remember God. The procession moves through various localities to spread happiness all around. These baisakhi processions start much before in Punjab.


Agricultural New Year

This is mostly prevalent in Punjab, India. Since Punjab is an agriculturally rich region, people celebrate the harvest of Rabi crop by singing, dancing, and merrymaking.

This is a way of thanking nature for its bountiful grace on the farmers of Punjab, for bestowing them with oilseed, wheat pulses, and sugarcane.

 
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Memory Day of Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs

  • April 13th is also observed as a day for remembering the Jallianwala Bagh massacre during the period when the British ruled. On this day several innocent men and women were killed with bullet shots. So, the people who succumbed to the brutal act of General Dyer are remembered. The Jallianwala Bagh is not considered less than a spiritual place.
 
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Khalsa Panth Established

  • Guru Govind Singh was the 10th Guru of Sikh. He was the one to establish the Khalsa Panth.  
  • In the year 1699, Guru Govind Singh decided to put an end to the concept of gurus in Sikhism.  
  • He announced that thereafter, Granth Sahib or the Holy Scripture would be considered as the sole Sikh Guru. So, he selected 5 leaders from amongst the many followers. April 13th is the same day when these changes had taken place and when the Holy Scripture was recognized as the Guru.  
  • Baisakhi festivities will include celebration of these major events that are mentioned above. All around the world in many places, especially where Sikh population is dominant the celebrations are expected to take place.
Khalsa Panth Established
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Baisakhi 2017 Events

  •  This grand event is marked by bhangra dances, acrobatics, wrestling competition, singing, and dancing to folk music.  
  • The jubilations are prominent in Amritsar in the state of Punjab. People visit Gurudwara to offer their prayers. Visiting relatives and friends, and making merry are the prominent features of this festival  
  • Baisakhi Mela 2017 is scheduled to take place on April 2nd in a theatre hall in Cary, North Carolina. The venue of the program is Regency Park Koka Booth Amphitheater.  
  • The function will take place between 12 PM and 9 PM. The event is being organized by Punjab Unlimited. Artists performing at the program have already been declared (Ishmeet Kaur of Sa Re Ga Ma repute).   
  • These events are curtain raisers to the Baisakhi 2017 celebrations! Similarly, many such events will take place all around the world. Baisakhi 2017 is expected to be celebrated with equal grandeur as it is celebrated every year. .
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Baisakhi Festival

Baisakhi is celebrated primarily in Punjab and Haryana – it is the New Year festival and it is observed during April. It is the most important non-religious festival of the region and is celebrated with great fervor. Baisakhi denotes the beginning of the harvest season in the region. The farmers pray for good harvest and celebrate with song and dance.Baisakhi is normally observed on 13th or 14th of April depending upon the Hindu lunisolar calendar. It is the first day of the first month of Nanakshahi calendar, Baisakh. Sikhs and Hindus alike participate in the celebration and has great cultural significance.

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Visiting a Gurdwara

  • Gurdwaras, the Sikh places of worship, are open to all, irrespective of faith and religion.
  • Visitors should cover their heads and remove shoes and socks and wash hands and feet prior to entry.
  • No visitor should enter a Gurudwara drunk and carrying of alcohol or tobacco is prohibited.
  • People bow to the Guru Granth Sahib as soon as they enter the Gurdwara and place an offering.
  • People sit on the floor in a Gurdwara facing Guru Granth Sahib. There are no cushions or seats.
  • Feet should not be pointed towards the Guru Granth Sahib.
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Baisakhi Celebration

The festival of Baisakhi instills a pure sense of joy and enthusiasm especially in the northern parts of India – Punjab and Haryana. During Baisakhi celebration, the farmers get jubilant as it is the time for them to reap fruits for entire year’s hard work. It is the harvest festival, marking the harvest of rabi crops. The farmer’s produces are bountiful and that is why they look forward to celebrate Baisakhi with full enthusiasm. A festival mainly for the Sikh population of Punjab and Haryana, Baisakhi marks the foundation day of Khalsa Panth by Guru Gobind Singh (tenth Sikh Guru).

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Baisakhi Rituals & Customs

Baisakhi rituals and customs are performed in keeping with the trend that has its roots several hundred years back. The main venue of these ceremonies is the Gurudwara. Many people visit Anandpur Sahib or the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Baisakhi to offer prayers.

The Guru Granth Sahib or the Holy Scripture is taken out and bathed with milk and water. The holy book is again placed on the throne with utmost care and reverence. Verses and teachings of the Holy book are read out In keeping up with the tradition of the original procession that was held way back in 1699, even today, the procession is enacted.

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Legends of Baisakhi

Legends have always been associated with festivals and on the similar lines Baisakhi also has some legends of baisakhi associated with it. The legends that are associated with Baisakhi portray that the festival of Baisakhi is not only important for Sikhs but for Buddhists and Hindus as well. Agriculture is the backbone of India and the festival of Baisakhi is celebrated by the farmers, as it is a festival of Harvest. People of Punjab and Haryana celebrate this festival with lot of enthusiasm and to witness a perfect ambience of Baisakhi festival one must visit Punjab. People wear beautiful clothes on this day and perform the folk dance of Punjab, bhangra and gidda on this day.

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Baisakhi Mela

Baisakhi festival is observed in mid April and there are different ways to celebrate Baisakhi. One of the ways to celebrate Baisakhi is to visit the Baisakhi Mela or the Baisakhi Fair. It is the most vibrant and colorful aspect of Baisakhi celebrations. Mainly in Punjab and Haryana, Baisakhi is observed on a large scale among the farmer community. The Baisakhi mela is full of colors and one finds mirth and laughter through all corners. It is a harvest festival and denotes prosperity. People, both men and women, dress up in new clothes and get decked up with the traditional jewelry to participate in the Baisakhi mela in full swing.

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Baisakhi Recipes

Baisakhi is a festival mainly among the Sikhs, usually celebrated in the northern part of India. Especially the farmer community gear up to celebrate Baisakhi festival with all vigor and enthusiasm. It is on the Baisakhi day that the people of Punjab and Haryana get involved in the best Baisakhi food. As it is a joyous mood among all, the best of Baisakhi recipes are prepared such that everybody can relish.

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