India is a land of rich cultural heritage and offers a kaleidoscope of festivals. The 13th of April will witness a rich cultural blend of various festivals. The spring harvest festival of Punjab popularly known as Vaisakhi or Baisakhi, Vishu (New Year of the Hindus in Kerala) Puthandu (The Tamil New Year) Pohela Boishakh (The Bengali New Year) and Bohag Bihu (The Assamese New Year) will all be celebrated together. This will be a very significant day to exemplify the unity in diversity of India.
The festival of Baisakhi originated in the year 1699 after the formation of the Khalsa Panth of warriors under Guru Gobind Singh. This day is awaited by the Sikh community with great anticipation. Apart from the religious significance it also has a great social significance and offers a great opportunity for fostering brotherhood and bonding within the community. This festival offers a good social platform.
The Sikh Community starts the day early by having a bath and donning new clothes. They then visit the Gurudwara to take part in a special prayer meet which is specially organised for the day. After the special ardaas, there are discourses and kirtans. The religious offering which is distributed later to all those present is the Kada Prasad, the most awaited part that is relished by all is the langar wherein people sit in rows and enjoy the meal that is served by volunteers also known as Kar Sevaks.The festival of Baisakhi is a visual treat – a blend of rich and vibrant colours infused with the spirit of joy and festivity, which is evident in the popular dance of Bhangra and Gidda that the Sikh men and women perform on this day. The sound of the dhols and the beats add to the wonderful festival so with Baisakhi just round the corner, be ready to get mesmerized on the 13th of April