Last Updated: 10th April, 2019

Happy Vaisakhi

Vaisakhi Festival
Vaisakhi Dates
Date Day Year
13th April Thursday 2017
14th April Saturday 2018
14th April Sunday 2019
13th April Monday 2020

Vaisakhi festival that is celebrated by farmers, as it marks the time for harvesting the Rabi crops. The festival of Vaisakhi 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. Vaisakhi 2019 is on April 14, Saturday. It is said that the festival of Vaisakhi 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 Vaisakhi in 1699.

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

  • This festival of Vaisakhi 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 Vaisakhi 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 Vaisakhi 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 Vaisakhi, as it is the most integral part of Vaisakhi celebrations.

  • The most important ritual of Vaisakhi 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 Vaisakhi.

  • 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 Vaisakhi 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 Vaisakhi 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

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.

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.

Khalsa Panth Established

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.
  • Vaisakhi 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.

Vaisakhi 2019 Events

Vaisakhi 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.
  • Vaisakhi Mela 2019 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 Vaisakhi 2019 celebrations! Similarly, many such events will take place all around the world. Vaisakhi 2019 is expected to be celebrated with equal grandeur as it is celebrated every year.


Vaisakhi Festival

Vaisakhi Festival

Vaisakhi 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. Vaisakhi denotes the beginning of the harvest season in the region. The farmers pray for good harvest and celebrate with song and dance. Vaisakhi 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.


Visiting a Gurdwara

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.

Vaisakhi Celebration

Vaisakhi Celebration

The festival of Vaisakhi instills a pure sense of joy and enthusiasm especially in the northern parts of India - Punjab and Haryana. During Vaisakhi 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 Vaisakhi with full enthusiasm. A festival mainly for the Sikh population of Punjab and Haryana, Vaisakhi marks the foundation day of Khalsa Panth by Guru Gobind Singh (tenth Sikh Guru).


Vaisakhi Rituals & Customs

Vaisakhi 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 Vaisakhi 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.


Vaisakhi Mela

Vaisakhi Mela

Vaisakhi festival is observed in mid April and there are different ways to celebrate Vaisakhi. One of the ways to celebrate Vaisakhi is to visit the Vaisakhi Mela or the Vaisakhi Fair. It is the most vibrant and colorful aspect of Vaisakhi celebrations. Mainly in Punjab and Haryana, Vaisakhi is observed on a large scale among the farmer community. The Vaisakhi 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 Vaisakhi mela in full swing.


Vaisakhi Recipes

Vaisakhi Tandoori Chicken Recipes

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


What do we call Vaisakhi in English?

Vaisakhi also known as Vaisakhi.
It is a historical and religious festival of the Sikhs.
It is usually celebrated on 13 or 14 April every year

What do people wear on Vaisakhi?

Dress Worn by Men
There is a tradition among the Sikh community to wear the bright color outfits on Vaisakhi. Men wear the kurta, pajama or lungi and a turban on their heads.

Dress Worn by Women
Punjabi women either wear a salwar-kameez or lehenga - choli, for Vaisakhi festival.

Is Vaisakhi on the 13th or 14th?

Vaisakhi is one of the most important festivals in the Sikh calendar.
It is celebrated on the 13th or 14th of April.
Vaisakhi is both the Sikh New Year festival and the anniversary birth of Khalsa in 1699 by the 10th Guru, Guru Gobind Singhji

Why is Vaisakhi important?

Vaisakhi is a spring harvest festival of Sikhs and Hindus.
It is usually celebrated on April 13 or 14 every year.
It marks the Sikh new year and birth of Khalsa panth, under Guru Gobind Singh in 1699