Sikhs Festivals, Festivals of Sikh Religion
Sikhism is one of the important regions in India. There are many festivals celebrated by Sikh community. The festivals of Sikh are unique because they worship daily. The birthdays of first Guru Nanak and last Guru Gobind Singh are celebrated with all splendor of festivals. The Sikhs celebrate their festival in their own ways.
Bhakti is important for Sikh religion. All the festivals of Sikh are celebrated by lots of music and song. The Sikh festivals are celebrated by singing gurbani, holy bhajan songs and reading lines from holy book. The other festivals that hold significant importance in Sikh festival calendar are Baisakhi, Hola Mohalla and Diwali. The Sikh festivals are also known as Gurpurab. Sikh uses the solar Sikh calendar known as Nanakshahi.
Parkash Utsav Dasveh Patshah – Birth of Divine Light
it means the birth and celebration of the 10th Divine Light, or Knowledge. It is related with the birth of Guru Gobind Singh. He is known as the 10th Sikh guru. This festival is one the most generally celebrated event by Sikhs.
Vaisakhi – Starting Of Sikh Community
Vaisakhi is the day on which the Khalsa was born. In Punjab Vaisakhi is celebrated as the birth of Khalsa. On this day Sikhs were given a clear personality by Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Vaisakhi is celebrated in India, U.K, USA and Canada. People come together for a mela. Vaisakhi occurs in the 2nd month of the Sikh calendar. Sikh families visits gurdwaras. They go to fairs and parades also on this day. On this day the Nishan Sahib flag is place at most gurdwaras. To mark the celebrations, Sikh devotees attend the Gurudwara. Vaisakhi is also known as Baisakhi. It is the festival which celebrates the start of the Sikh community known as the Khalsa. It is celebrated on April 14 each year.
Martyrdom of Guru Arjan – Anniversary
It is anniversary of Guru Arjan on June. June is the hottest month and Guru Arjan is the fifth Guru of Sikh community. On this day Kirtan, langar and katha are held for celebrations. Guru Arjan was born on 25 May 1606. On this day water, milk and sugar essence are distributed in Gurdwaras and to neighbors.
Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
It is the day when Guru Granth was given the title of never ending person and was the last Sikh guru.
Diwali – The Celebration of Freedom
On this Day Guru Har Gobind was released from the jail. The Sikhs celebrated this by placing decorative lights and candles at homes. It is celebrated by lightning divas and going to a Gurdwara to listen to gurbani. Diwali is celebrated in United Kingdom, India and Canada.
Guru Nanak Jayanti – Birthday of Guru Nanak
Guru Nanak was born in Nanakana Sahib in Pakistan. Every year Sikhs celebrate this day. Candles and lights are decorated in Gurdwaras, in the memory of Guru. The birthday is celebrated usually for lasts three days. Two days before the birthday, Akhand Path is held in the Gurdwara. One day before the birthday, a parade is organized which is held by the Five Beloved Ones. On this Day Guru Nanak birthday is celebrated by singing, by playing on brass bands with different tunes .
Hola Mohalla – Discover by Guru Gobind Singh
Hola Mohalla is celebrated by Sikh community. Hola Mohalla is celebrated a day after Holi. This festival is celebrated in the month of March. This festival was discovered by the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji. On Hola Mohalla thousands of people gather to Anandpur Sahib in Punjab to celebrate this festival. On this day, in Gurdwara langars are prepared in honor of God. People visit Gurdwara on this day.
Guru Nanak Jayanti – Birthday of Guru Nanak
Guru Nanak Dev was the founder of the Sikh. He was born in 15th April, 1469 in the village of Talwandi in Pakistan. Guru Nanak Sahib was the first founder of Sikhism community. Guru Nanak birthday falls on Katik Purnima. Every year this festival is celebrated. The Sikhs from all over the world gather on this day and celebrate the Gurupurab every year with great dedication and passion. Sikhs celebrates this important occasion every year on Poornima in November.
Lohri – Winter Festival
Lohri is a festival which is celebrated throughout India. Lohri is a very popular Punjabi farming winter festival celebrated in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Jammu .The first Lohri of a new bride in sasuraal or a newborn baby is considered very important.
Lohri brings in an opportunity for people in the society to take a break from their busy life and gives a chance to get together with dear ones. On Lohri men dance, perform bhangra, dance continues till late night. Women do not join Bhangra, they perform traditional gidda dance of Punjab.