Vaisakhi

The festival of Vaisakhi or the Baisakhi is considered to be really important for both the Hindus as well as the Sikhs. The day falls either on the 13th or the 14th of April each year. It is actually the new year of the Sikh community. It was on April 14, 1699, that the Khalsa Panth was called upon by Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th guru of the Sikhs. The leader of the community encouraged the Sikhs around the region to protect their faith and religion.Besides, the day also marks the day when the harvest begins and as such the religious significance is quite huge for the festival of Vaisakhi. Besides, in the Hindu culture, the day is celebrated to not only welcome the onset of new harvest but also to celebrate the significance and holiness which the rivers have in their culture. The festival is known by different names in different parts of the region. this includes Rongali Bihu in Assam, Vishu in Kerala, Maha Vishuba Sankranti in Orissa, amongst others. The way the festival is celebrated is almost same in all the mentioned regions.

On this days, you will witness a lot of celebrations in the Gurudwaras. The entire place is decorated and Kirtans are also held. Not only that, people visit the sacred place after taking baths while also sharing some of the traditional dishes that are prepared on this occasion. There are processions that are also held to enjoy the significance of this day. In most of these processions, you can witness the raising of the Nishan Sahib flag as well. Hindus, on the other hand, take bath in the rivers such as the Ganges, the Jhelum, and Kaveri, amongst other rivers considered sacred. Besides, people visit friends and families to exchange various types of gifts and also to enjoy traditional recipes.

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