Nagar Kirtan

Nagar Kirtan is another name of Baisakhi Procession, here Nagar means town, and Kirtan means chanting of hymns from Guru Granth Sahib, the Holy Book of Sikhs.

 

Baisakhi processions move through the streets and lanes of the city, accompanied by music, singing, and chanting of scriptures and hymns.

 

A large number of devotees participate in the Baisakhi processions. During the Baisakhi processions, children and youth demonstrate their skills in martial arts along with the drummers and musical bands around, and men are swinging swords making the event more colorful.

Special Attraction of Nagar Kirtan

Holy Book Guru Granth Sahib is taken out with honor by traditionally dressed Panj Piaras, also known as the five senior religious Sikhs, and an essential part of the Khals traditions.

 

Be it men, women, or kids; everyone takes part in the procession with much vigor and enthusiasm. This colorful procession looks quite enchanting with people dancing around, dhol playing, and folk dances.

 

The streets are crowded with people and decorated with garlands/decorative things to welcome the Holy Book Guru Granth Sahib and Panj Piaras. People show skills in martial arts during the procession.

 

Prasad and fruits are distributed among people around the street. The beat of the drum and musical procession will make everyone cheerful. People welcome Guru Granth Sahib and Panj Piaras with folded hands and chant Shabads (hymns of Guru Granth Sahib).

Firecrackers, martial arts skills, beats of drums, folk dance, are the main attraction. People from several societies, cultures arrange for langars, charities, and distribution of snacks for the welfare of people.

 

Nagar Kirtan ends with a discourse by senior members of Sikh religion who enlighten people on the significance of the tradition of Procession on important days in Sikh history.

 

Children are taught to perform acts of charity on this auspicious occasion and are expected to continue to do so all through their life.