New Years are very special, so everyone welcomes them with new hopes and energy all around the world. And so do Indians, India is a land of varied religions, cultures, ethnicities, countless customs, traditions, and colorful amalgamations.
Much like others, we also follow the Gregorian calendar across the nation. However, people also follow the traditional calendar in India, some are region-specific while some are religion-specific. According to the traditional calendar, Baisakhi is the Punjabi New Year and people celebrate it in the state of Punjab and entire North India.
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Significance of Baisakhi
Baisakhi is celebrated with pleasure in many North Indian states and holds special significance for Punjabis and Sikhs. It marks the beginning of their solar year and harvest of Rabi crops. Since Punjab is an agricultural state, this day holds great significance as farmers thank their gods for a bountiful harvest and hope for another good year.
On the same day in 1699, the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh founded the Khalsa Panth and evoked unity and nationalism among his people at a meeting in Anandpur Sahib. He also marked the end of the long tradition of Gurus in Sikhism and established the Guru Granth Sahib as the eternal Guide for the community.
The Baisakhi celebration in Punjab starts with people bathing in the holy river and going to Gurudwaras wearing new clothes on this day. Many Sikh people prefer visiting Golden Temple in Amritsar and the gurudwara at Anandpur Sahib, where Khalsa was born, where Guru Gobind Singh anthologized the sacred Guru Granth Sahib. After prayers, people delve into high spirits and sing and dance.
This festival is celebrated in gurudwaras, schools, colleges, homes, and fields. People love to wear vibrant traditional clothes, prepare locally grown and loved cuisine – Makki di roti and Sarson da saag, gajar ka halwa, cholle, lassi, and many more. People love to dance on the beats of dhol to celebrate prosperity, schools and colleges organize various competitions and religious processions to make the day.
Apart from the above-mentioned activities, fairs are also organized on this day. Youth and children showcase their skills in martial arts along with bands and drummers around, men swing swords and all these things make the festival more exciting. If you want to celebrate the festival of Baisakhi with extreme joy and a fun experience, then book your cheap flight tickets to India from Canada with Airfarebooking at a very affordable price and visit Punjab and other northern states of India.
Festivals in other parts of India
During Baisakhi, similar festivals are carried out in other parts of the country. Different states follow different rituals with different names.
For Instance, on 13 -14 April every year, the people of Assam celebrate ‘Rangoli Bihu’, in Bihar they celebrate ‘Vaishakha’, in West Bengal they celebrate ‘Naba Barsha’, and in Tamil Nadu ‘Nadu Puthandu’. Names are different but the essence of them all remains the same.
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