Northern India is celebrating the Baisakhi festival today(2017). But d you know why the festival of Baisakhi which is otherwise called Vaisakhi is celebrated ?? Check out the article below for the reason.
Every year on 13th or 14th April the festival of Baisakhi falls. It has both religious, festive an historical significance. So know about the festival of Baisakhi & how it is celebrated in India here @ www.SUNOBAWA.xyz and share t with your friends.
Vaisakhi Festival Significance Importance~Information
Vaisakhi is that time of the year when people of Sikh religion celebrates the Sikh New Year. It marks the beginning of the Solar New Year. The new year in Punjabi Calendar or the Khalsa calendar starts from the day of the creation of the Khalsa- which is 1 Vaisakh 1756 Bikrami (30 March 1699). The festival is celebrated in big scale around the regions of Punjab & Haryana. People in northern states including Himachal Pradesh & Uttarakhand also celebrate the vaisakhi festival with own customs & rituals. To sum up all it is the time for celebration for all.
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The festival coincides with other festivals in North-Eastern state of Assam & Southern States Tamil Nadu, Kerala and others which also marks Hindu New Year Celebration. In West Bengal the festival is called as Nabo Barsho (Pahlo Boisakh), in Assam it is known as Rongali Bihu / Bohag Bihu, called Vishu in Kerala and in Tamil Nadu called Puthandu.
From Where Term Baisakhi Come ??
The term Vaisakhi comes from month of Baisakh of Bikram Sambat Hindu calendar.
Significance & Importance
Along with the new year celebration, the day of Baisakhi also have historical importance for Sikh community. The day marks the birth anniversary of 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. And this is the same day when he laid the foundation of Khalsa Panth in the year 1699 which is actually the collective body of all the initiated Sikhs, represented by the Five Beloved-Ones or Panj Pyaare. He was the last Guru of Sikh religion and after him he announced the Guru Granth Sahib Ji as the infinite Sikh Guru.
Baisakhi-A Seasonal Festival
Vaisakhi is also celebrated as end of seasonal harvest festival. Farmers celebrate this day as first harvest after the winter season. For farmers it is like Thanks Giving Day. They show gratitude to god and pray in temple for prosperity in next years.
Historical Importance Of Baisakhi
The Baisakhi festival also keep historical importance. As on this day Jallianwala Bagh Massacre took place and many people were killed by the British Empire officials.
How Festival Of Baisakhi Is Celebrated In India
People of Hindu religion wake up early on Baisakhi day and takes a holy bath in the Ganga river as it is believed by Hindus that during Baisakhi, Goddess Ganga descended on earth. Sikh people visits to Gurudwaras and takes a holy dip there.
Gurudwaras are decorated for this day and kirtans are hold. People prays their and after the prayers people take socialize festive meal called Langar. This meal is completely vegetarian and enjoyed by Lakhs of peoples. Many people visits to primary pilgrimage of the Punjabis which is Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib)
There is a tradition among farmers getting together in large groups to harvest wheat. This tradition is known as “Awat Pauni”. During the harvest people beat up drums and enjoy the moment of cutting the Rabi crops.
People also perform the popular traditional folk dance called Bhangra or Giddah. Men perform Bhangra while women perform Giddah. Local Baisakhi fairs are also held and children thus enjoy this festival with great festive food with their friends and family.
Modern Celebration Of Baisakhi Festival
The basic celebration remains same of visitng Gurudwaras, vaisakhi fairs in Punjab, Jammu & other region, harvest of crops etc. But youths like to send their warm wishes text messages of Baisakhi on Whatsapp & Facebook. They send E-Greetings cards & Images Pictures of the Vaisakhi festival celebration. We have also posted some of the best wishes messages of Baisakhi festival. Check them out also on this big festival.
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