Happy Baisakhi 2018: Know how Baisakhi is celebrated
Happy Baisakhi 2018: Know how Baisakhi is celebrated

One of the prime festivals followed by Sikh religion, Baisakhi, is celebrated in the month of Baisakh. The day is marked as the birth of Khalsa Panth under Guru Gobind Singh. He is the tenth Guru of Sikhs, in the year 1699.  Also on this day, Sikh celebrated their New Year. North Indians, especially people in Punjab and Haryana, thank the God Almighty for good harvest.

How is Baisakhi celebrated?
Baisakhi is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm in Punjab and Haryana. The two destinations predominant with the Sikh population in India. There are bright colours, delicious cuisine, folk songs, and dances, and awesome people. People celebrate and shout “Jatta
aayi Baisakhi,” and move towards their farmlands. Baisakhi celebrations in villages of Punjab is just gorgeous, and a thing to witness and experience. Men and women together perform bhangda and gidda (folk dances) on the beat of dhol, which adds to the entire celebration.

The farmers especially wake up early in the morning on this day and take a bath in the ponds or rivers. Then they visit the gurudwaras and thank god for blessing them with a good harvest. At several places in Punjab and Haryana, Baisakhi Mela (fair) is organised where people enjoy with friends and family. These fairs have all the elements to entertain people, like gidda or bhangra performances, and wrestling championships are held. A range of delicious food is prepared in each household that tastes of love and loads of ghee. People wear new clothes, pray to god, exchange gifts, and meet their friends and relatives whom they haven’t met in a long time.

Baisakhi parade is another prime feature of the Baisakhi celebration in India. Also known as Nagar Kirtan, this religious procession is carried out in the entire city under the guidance of Panj Piaras. Be it men, women, or kid, everyone participates in the procession with much energy and spirit. This colourful parade looks quite enchanting with people dancing around, dhol playing, and folk dances.

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