BAISAKHI RITUALS

Baisakhi is the spring harvest festival, farmers celebrate this vibrant festival of Punjab. In the year 1699 tenth guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh established Khalsa Panth at Anandpur Sahib. It is celebrated especially by Sikhs community with great enthusiasm.

At Gurudwaras

 

Celebration starts with going to Gurudwaras early morning offer prayers and get blessing. At Anandpur Sahib Gurudwara in Punjab people celebrate this with immense joy and happiness. Gurudwaras are decorated, traditional songs, kirtans from holy book Guru Granth Sahib are recited in various Gurudwaras. People distribute ‘Kada Prasad’ among themselves.

People eat the Langar together. The ritual of Kar Sewa is also performed. Kar sewa is the process of offering physical labor to assist in the everyday jobs of the Gurudwara. It is a traditional symbol of modesty for the Sikh community.

The community lunch or Guru ka Langar speaks volumes about brotherhood in the Sikh community, with people sitting in a row and eating freshly prepared vegetarian food. An important part of Baisakhi rites and rituals while eating at the Langar is to cover one's head with some kind of clothing.

Religious processions

Later in the afternoon holy book Guru Granth Sahib is taken out in a procession known as Nagar Kirtan. Baisakhi processions are attended by men, women and children alike with faith and enthusiasm. People gather together and sing hymns and chants written in the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book. They are led by five Khalsa who are dressed up as Panj Pyaras, who carry the holy book with them as a mark of reverence.

The procession moves through major localities of the city and is welcomed by citizens and members of social and cultural societies. Bhangra and gidda dance apart from mock duels are performed during Baisakhi processions. The accompaniment of drummers, bands playing religious times, devotees singing religious songs and men swinging swords are the other part of this fascinating festival.

At the field

This is spring harvest festival. Farmers in Punjab celebrate this with great enthusiasm and joy at their field singing and dancing Bhangra at the beat of Dhol. Farmers celebrate this day when Rabi crops are ready for harvesting and offer prayers for an abundant harvest in the coming year.

Men wear traditional brightly new clothes and perform fork dance. Fairs and Melas are organized at every place 

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