The Sikh community together on 13 April year celebrates the traditional festival of harvest with full enthusiasm in the whole country. People in India, especially Sikh state this day as the beginning of the new year. Farmer prays and offers special thanks to God for the harvest of Rabi Crop. The celebration is on the formation of Khalsa Panth community as setup by Shri Guru Gobind Singh.
How to celebrate Baisakhi?
People are full of enthusiasm and joy on this special day. Every year on this day, a special puja is conducted, and Gurudwaras are decorated like a bride. People general move in yellow attire that signifies the reborn and the sacrifice as done by Panj Pyare. The Sikh community conducts Nagar Kirtan, and Kirtan Bathes near the rivers before they visit local Gurudwaras.
On this day, thousands of devotees visited Anandpur Sahib to have blessings from Guru Gobind Singh Ji in 1699. And then Guru Ji thought to check the courage and faith in his followers by preparing Amrit and baptised it to 5 people.
Facts regarding the Harvest Festival
- Every year, people of North India especially Sikh community, celebrate Baisakhi on 13 April. The emergence was after the famous Christian festival Easter.
- Baisakhi is denoted as the first day of the arriving month Baisakha and thus celebrate it as the new year as per Vikram Samvat Calendar.
- People believe that Ranjit Singh was appointed as the Maharaja of the Sikh Empire on this special day.
- A significant massacre of Jallianwala Bagh took place on this day.
- Coincidentally, Baisakhi is also celebrated along with other famous festivals including Bohag Bihu, Puthandu, and Vishu.
- Also, many Hindus celebrate this day as a mark for their new Solar year. They take a bath in sacred rivers like Ganga and then meet their friends and enjoy the Baisakhi Festival.