This is the day when the holy Khalsa was established. Indeed, it is a very major
event. Hence, the festival of Baisakhi is celebrated all around the globe by Sikh
diaspora. Let’s read further to know in detail about some hidden facts of this festival.
Like every year, Baisakhi in 2016 is marking the commencement of the solar year;
and in Punjab, it is celebrated as the New Year. On the event of Vaisakhi, devotees
show gratitude towards the Almighty for granting them with good harvest. Baisakhi
has special importance in Sikhism, as this is the day on which Guru Gobind Singh
Ji (the tenth guru) established the Khalsa Panth.Baisakhi is a harvest festival, which is celebrated every year on 13 – 14 April.
Vaisakhi is also considered as the commemoration of brotherhood in Sikhism (Khalsa).
In the year 1699, the tenth guru, Guru Gobind Singh, decided to break off the practice
of Sikh Gurus. He proclaimed the Granth Sahib, which is the holy scripture of Sikhism,
to be treated as the everlasting Guru of the Sikhs. After that, the tenth guru came
up with the order of Khalsa Panth by means of choosing five courageous leaders of
his followers, who were ready to sacrifice their lives to save the people.
Baisakhi 2016: How The Festival Of Baisakhi Is Celebrated?
the harvest festival is celebrated by feasting, tradition dancing, enjoying fairs,
and folk music. The entire surrounding of the Golden Temple, which is located in
Amritsar, seems like a carnival. The Melas (Baisakhi fairs) are organized in the
entire state of Punjab. On the day of Baisakhi, localities get dressed traditionally
and celebrate this special day by dancing and singing.
Baisakhi fairs include a number of adventurous activities such as acrobatics, races,
dance performances, and wrestling bouts. A huge count of stalls are also formed
up there, so that the visitors can enjoy purchasing amazing handicrafts, trinkets,
together with the mouth watering food and a lot more surprises.
As now you know a lot about Baisakhi, don’t miss the Baisakhi celebrations in 2016
and be an active part of it.
Baisakhi 2016 Rituals
In the morning hours, the devotees pay a visit to Gurdwara (religious place in Sikhism)
for being a part of the special prayers offered to the Almighty. On the event of
Baisakhi, most of the people prefer to visit Gurdwara Anandpur Sahib (situated in
Anandpur, Punjab) or Golden Temple (Amritsar, Punjab).
This is so because the Khalsa Panth was pronounced here. On the day of this harvest
festival, the holy scripture of Sikhism (Granth Sahib) is placed on a Takht (Throne
or ceremonial chair) and read. After getting done with the prayers and related rituals,
Kada Prasad (holy food), which is prepared with flour, sugar and butter is distributed
among all the devotees.
During midday, Granth Sahib is taken out for Nagar Kirtan (religious parade). In
this religious parade, the devotees offer prayers to the Almighty by dancing and
singing religious hymns. All the Sikh devotees also take part in Seva (help) by
means of performing the day to day chores of the Gurdwara. In Sikhism, helping others
is considered as the traditional representation of humanity.
Indeed, these rituals are the pure symbol of humanity. Don’t miss the sight of Baisakhi
celebrations in 2016.
Baisakhi 2016: Celebrations Around The Globe
Even the farmers in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab commemorate the harvest festival
named Baisakhi, with a lot of happiness and fervor. For a number of people, the
festival of Vaisakhi symbolizes the time for harvesting the Rabi crops.
This is a duration when the farmers have to work really hard. The festival of Baisakhi
brings along the time when the entire community gathers up to celebrate the end
of a triumphant agricultural time of the year.
All the people eagerly look forward to observe the day of Baisakhi with extreme
enthusiasm. Louds of “Jatta aayi Baisakhi” loop up in the sky, as the casually-dressed
people move towards their fields to commemorate the occasion of Baisakhi. All the
farmers also observe the occasion of Vaisakhi as a thanks-giving day.
People clean-up their dwellings and decorate the entire house with garlands made
out of mango leaves in combination with the marigold flowers. The devotees also
offer prayers for bringing more prosperity and a happy future.
Baisakhi is celebrated all around the globe by Sikh diaspora. Be the part of this
grand fiesta this Vaisakhi in 2016.
Baisakhi 2016: Significance Of Baisakhi
As now you know so much about Baisakhi to celebrate in 2016, there is one more thing
that is of most importance for you. It is the significance of Baisakhi. So, let’s
know the importance, before celebrating Baisakhi in 2016.
The much awaited event of Vaisakhi is considered as a very important occasion in
India for various reasons. With the exception of it being a significant harvest
fiesta for the farmers, this day is exceptionally important in the Sikh religion,
as this day is connected with the establishment of Khalsa Panth.
The propitious day of Vaisakhi is commemorated in the entire nation under different
titles and formal procedures. Baisakhi is observed by the name of ‘Naba Barsha’
in Bengal, ‘Rongali Bihu’ in Assam, ‘Puthandu’ in Tamil Nadu, ‘Vaisakha’ in Bihar
and ‘Pooram Vishu’ in Kerala. The occasion of this harvest festival is really important
for all the Hindus, as on this day in 1875, Swami Dayanand Saraswati established
the ‘Arya Samaj’. This is a transformed cult of Hindus, who are dedicatedly loyal
to the Vedas for divine supervision and have completely abandoned the idol worship.
Adding more to this point, the occasion of Baisakhi is of importance for the people
who belong to Buddhist religion, as Gautam Buddha achieved enlightenment on this
Baisakhi 2016: The Harvest Festival
festival of Vaisakhi signifies the time for yielding of Rabi crops. Therefore, the
auspicious day is celebrated with extreme joy and eagerness in the entire nation.
In particular, the event of Vaisakhi is observed in Punjab, as here, agriculture
is the major livelihood of the people.
For celebrating the occasion of Baisakhi, all the people wear dressy and perform
the wonderful traditional dance such as Bhangra & Gidda. The farmers in Punjab commemorate
the day of Baisakhi by feasting together. On the very next day of Vaisakhi, they
all get back to their pleasurable job of harvesting.
Baisakhi does not just belong to the Sikh community, it has a special significance
in other religions and regions too. It doesn’t matter who you are and from where
you belong to. Just join the hap mob of Baisakhi in 2016 and have fun!
Baisakhi 2016: The Unique Identity Of Khalsa
Guru also gave an exclusive, undeniable, and different identity to his new Khalsa.
The Guru gave the reward of Bana, the unique Sikh garment and headwear. The Guru
also presented five symbols of purity and bravery. These symbols are strictly worn
by all Sikhs who are baptized. These symbols are universally known as 5 Ks:
- Kesh, the unshorn hair
- Kangha, the wooden comb
- Karra, the iron (or steel) bracelet
- Kirpan, the sword
- Kachha, the underwear
This work is the complete submission of one’s entire life to the Seva (service)
of the God (Akal Purakh). For decades after the foundation of Sikh religion, the
first male baby of all the Hindu families in Punjab was ordered to be brought up
as a Sikh.
So, this was the story of Baisakhi and the origin of Khalsa. As now you know quite
much about this glorious festival, be an active part of Baisakhi in 2016. Stay tuned
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Happy Baisakhi 2016!