Baisakhi Festival is one of the most important and popular festival in India. It is a historical and religious festival for Sikhs and Hindus. People take part in the celebrations and enjoy to the fullest.
Baisakhi in India – Date, History, Importance & Celebration
Baisakhi Date Facts
Baisakhi 2019 date: Sunday, April 14
Baisakhi 2020 date: Monday, April 13
Baisakhi 2021 date: Tuesday, April 13
A spring harvest festival celebrated on April 13 or 14 every year.
Baisakhi Festival History
Different religion celebrates this festival for different reasons.
A traditional started in 1699 when the formation of Khalsa Panth of warriors under Guru Gobind Singh.
Punjabi and Hindu celebrate thanksgiving, God for the harvest of spring that marks the beginning of the Sikh New Year .In 1801 on the same day when the colonial British empire committed the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on a gathering, a powerful event in the Indian movement against colonial rule.
Baisakhi Festival Importance & Celebration
The festival is celebrated with enthusiasm, immense fun, excitement and merry-making.People have different ways of celebrating the vibrant festival Baisakhi and so does the idea and thought of celebrating the same is different. Being the greatest festival of the Sikh, irrespective of age men and women get ready with coloured clothes and traditional jewellery and then they visit and bathe in rivers and lakes before visiting Gurdwaras, decorate them, hold kirtans, community fairs, socialise and share food and ‘Kada Prasad’ with the family members, friends and relatives. Sikh communities sing traditional songs, make music and sing hymns from Sikh texts in Nagar Kirtan. The ritual of Kar Sewa is a traditional symbol of modesty for Sikh community.Kar Sewa is the process of offering physical labor to assist in the everyday jobs of the Gurudwara.
Drums are played while people getting together to harvest the wheat and at the end sing Doha to the tunes of the drums.The harvest festival is also celebrated by performing folk dance, Gidda dance and Bhangra on traditional music. All family members have dinner together and local food items and sweets are cooked.
People exchange gifts and sweets as a goodwill gesture.
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Fairs are organised in many parts of Punjab and India like Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, Mandi and Prashar lakes.