Posted by : Sandeep April 13, 2017

Baisakhi festival celebration
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   Baisakhi or Vaisakhi is one of the important festival in North India, specially in Punjab. It has great historical as well as religious significance of celebration. Baisakhi is a spring festival that marks the Solar New Year and also the day on which tenth guru of Sikhs Guru Gobind Singh formed a 'Khalsa panth of warriors' in 1699. Usually the festival is celebrated on 13th or 14th April every year.

How it is celebrated ?

Farmers express their happiness while celebrating it with great joy and enthusiasm, on this day they wake up in the morning and go to temples and Gurudwara[ a place of worship for Sikhs] and thank God for the bountiful harvest. After the celebration Wheat harvesting begins in Punjab on Baisakhi.

Baisakhi is celebrated by the people of Punjab with vigor and joy. Gurdwaras are decorated and hold kirtans (religious hymns) and people gather to socialize and share festive foods. Devotees dress up in special colourful clothe and do into the traditional folk dance 'Bhangra' and 'Gidda'. 

Besides the Punjab, Bengalis mark it as 'Naba Barsha'[new year]. On this day People take ritual bath in the Ganga river and bedight their houses with rangoli.

The people in Bihar celebrate this day in April and November in honour of the Sun God, Surya at te place called Surajpur-Baragaon.

Vishu festival[Image courtesy: wikipedia]

In Kerala it is called as 'Vishu' and in Tamil Nadu, it is celebrated as 'Puthandu'

This is day is also important for Buddists because Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment and Nirvana on this auspicious day.

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