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).
- 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).
- It has been noted that Sikhs residing in any part of India celebrates Baisakhi by indulging themselves in special prayer meets and processions of Baisakhi.
- Mainly celebrated in the villages of Punjab and Haryana, Baisakhi is a festivity denoting colors and vibrancy. ‘Jatta aayi Baisakhi’ shouts reverberate in the air and people are dressed in full vibrancy for Baisakhi celebration.
- Traditional folk dances like Bhangra and Gidda are performed by men and women respectively. The dance steps look simple but they exude enthusiasm and vigor in every beat of the dhol.
- For the farmer community in Punjab and Haryana, Baisakhi is a Thanksgiving Day. They all start the day by taking baths in the ponds or rivers and visit temples or gurdwaras for expressing heartfelt gratitude to God for the bountiful harvest.
- This is requesting Him to keep on showering prosperity and wealth in the near future. There are places where Baisakhi fairs are also organized. This is another mode of Baisakhi celebration. There is a lot of enthusiasm and charm among the people.
- Barring the dance performances, there are wrestling bouts, singing performances and acrobatics. There are people who also perform some folk instruments like vanjli and algoza. Selling different traditional items and the food stalls with the traditional dishes are another attraction the celebration of Baisakhi.
- Sikhs do celebrate this auspicious day with full mirth and laughter. Wearing new clothes is a part of the tradition.
- There is a special prayer meet during the day arranged for in the gurdwaras. There is a special ardas of kirtans (religious songs) and Prasad is distributed among all the people who are present.
- The major celebrations of Baisakhi take place at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, place where the Khalsa Panth was founded in the year 1699. The Sikhs usually has the habit of visiting the Golden Temple on this occasion.