Did you know that:
- Baisakhi falls on the first day of Vaisakh month according to Sikh Calendar, therefore it is also known as Vaisakhi.
- This festival marks the harvest time for Rabi crops like Wheat, Gram, Mustard, Barley, etc.
- Baisakhi also marks the onset of the Punjabi/Sikh New Year.
- On the Baisakhi of 1699, Guru Gobind Singh Ji laid the foundation of the ‘Khalsa Panth’ and named its first five members as the ‘Panja Pyaras’.
- On the same day, Guru Gobind ji gave the famous 5 K’s of the unique Sikh identity and instructed them to wear these at all times.
- After this Baisakhi day, Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji – the Holy Book of the Sikhs was made their eternal ‘Guru’.
- Also, Swami Dayanand Saraswati founded the Arya Samaj on a Baisakhi.
- It was a Baisakhi day when Gautam Buddha attained Nirvana.
- Do you know that many other similar festivals are celebrated all over India on or around Baisakhi like’Rongali Bihu’ in Assam
‘Naba Barsha’ in Bengal
‘Puthandu’ in Tamil Nadu
‘Pooram Vishu’ in Kerala
For celebrating the vibrant festival of Baisakhi,
- People visit Gurudwaras early in the morning for the Baisakhi Ardas, where
- specially prepared Kara Prasad is distributed, followed by Guru ka Langar’
- People sing devotional songs and perform Bhangra and Gidda
- Also…In several villages, Baisakhi Fairs are organized
Kalia: “WOW! This is indeed an exciting festival.”
Bheem: Me & my favourite Group of Schools SHEMROCK & SHEMFORD wishes you a very happy and fun-filled Baisakhi!”