Baisakhi Festival in Punjab

The Baishaki festival of Punjab is called ਵਿਸਾਖੀ in Punjabi and in Hindi it is बैसाखी. It is the ancient harvest festival in the Punjab region.It is called harvest festival because it comes at the time of harvesting of the golden grain. Baisakhi is also called Vaisakhi.It is a harvest festival which is celebrated on the thirteenth day of April according to the solar calendar. It is celebrated in North India mainly in Punjab and Haryana when the rabi crop mainly wheat is ready for harvesting.According to hindus it is New Year in the Hindu calendar.It is also celebrated as the beginning of the new year by the people of Nepal and Indians in West Bengal, Tamilnadu and Kerala and some other regions of India.

Baisakhi celebrations in Punjab

Baisakhi is celebrated among full Punjab with full joy.People wear new clothes on this day and dance bhangra and women do giddha dance on this day.As wheat is the bumper crop of the Sikhs in Punjab.Farmers happy on this day by seeing ripening of their crop.On this day the mela of Amritsar is very famous. On Baisakhi day, water is drawn from all the sacred rivers of India

Time and date of Baisakhi festival

Baisakhi mainly comes in the 13 April. Baisakhi word is derived from the word Vaishakh which means falls in this auspicious period. According to the Indian solar calendar, this festival comes on April 13 every year and on April 14 once every 36 years.

Significance of Baisakhi

Baisakhi has a great signifinance in the religion of Sikhs. On this day in 1699, their tenth Guru Gobind Singh organized the khalsa panth by giving amrit to the five pyaras and making them Sikhs. On this day in 1875 Swami Dayanand Saraswati founded the Arya Samaj. Swami Dayanand Saraswati is saint of hindus.This day is also special for Buddhists because Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment and Nirvana on this day.

History of Baisakhi

Guru Gobind Singh say all the Sikhs to tie sikh at the end of their names after organizing khalsa panth on 13 april 1699 and after giving amrit to five pyaras. It is also celebrated as the beginning of the new year by the people of Nepal and Indians in West Bengal, Tamilnadu and Kerala and some other regions of India.

Celebration of Baisakhi in other parts of country

Baisakhi day is celebrated as the Naba Barsha (New Year) in Bengal. On April 14, the people take a ritual bath in the River Ganga or any other river .In Assam, this is the day for the Rongali Bihu. Baisakhi festival is celebrated twice a year in Himachal Pradesh in the honor of Goddess Jwalamukhi. In the South, Baisakhi is celebrated to mark the Tamil and Telugu New Year.

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