Celebrating Baisakhi

Baisakhi is an ancient harvest festival in the Punjab region that also marks the beginning of a new solar year and harvest season. Baisakhi is a Sikh religious festival falling on the first day of the Baisakh month in the solar Nanakshahi calendar, which corresponds to April 13.

This festival of Baisakhi is celebrated with great enthusiasm and is considered a new beginning for farmers. Baisakhi is the time to harvest Rabi crops and express gratitude to God for the rich yield and pray for abundant growth ahead. In Punjab and Haryana, people celebrate Baisakhi with gusto as they wear new clothes on this day and enjoy themselves by performing bhangra and gidda (Punjabi folk dance).

Villages in North India organise fairs and wrestling bouts. At some places acrobatics are also part of the Baisakhi celebrations. In Himachal Pradesh, the Hindu Goddess Jwalamukhi is worshipped on Vaisakhi, while in Bihar the Sun-God Surya is honoured.

May you find your life partner during this festival of joy and prosperity!

Quick Facts» Guru Gobind Singh laid the foundation of the Khalsa on Baisakhi in 1699
» Each year Baisakhi is celebrated on 13 April and once in thirty-six years on 14 April
» It is called Vaisakhi as it falls on the first day of the Vaisakh month (April-May)

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