The Punjabi New Year Baisakhi 2016 is finally here! On the auspicious occasion of Harvest festival, people show gratitude towards God for a good harvest season. As per the Punjabi calendar, Vaisakhi is celebrated with pomp and fervour every year on April 13 or April 14. Vaisakhi or Baisakhi also marks Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s establishment of the Khalsa Panth.
Sikhs started celebrating Baisakhi, after the tenth Sikh leader Guru Gobind Singh Ji declared the Granth Sahib as the everlasting Guru. Baisakhi, the harvest festival is also considered as the action of commemorating brotherhood in Sikhism. On this day the Grant Sahib scriptures are placed on a throne and then read out loud.
This is usually followed by Kada Prasad being distributed to all the people who have gathered. People also go to the Golden temple, on this day to seek blessings. Baisakhi is celebrated by the Sikh Diaspora all over the world, with traditional dance forms like Bhangra and Gidda along with folk music and feasts.
Beautiful and lively atmosphere at the traditional fairs thanks to the amazing wrestling bouts, acrobatics and other such activities are another reason for the family and loved ones to come together to celebrate the festival. Those celebrating Baisakhi visit Gurdwara for special prayers where the Holy Book is taken for a parade called Nagar Kirtan. We wish you a very Happy Baisakhi 2016!