History, Significance and Celebrations of Vaisakhi Festival
The festival of Baisakhi marks the onset of the spring season. Vaisakhi or Baisakhi is also known as the harvest season of India.
Every year, Baisakhi is either celebrated on the 13th or 14th of April. This year, Baisakhi will be celebrated on April 14.
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The day is celebrated to mark the arrival of the spring season. Farmers express gratitude to God for the abundant crop they received during the year.
Given that Baisakhi is the New Year, many Hindus and Sikhs take a dip in holy rivers or lakes to start their New year on a positive note and leave behind the past.
On March 30, 1699, Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh guru established the Khalsa Panth.
He asked members of the Sikh community to come forward to sacrifice themselves for the Guru and Lord.
Those who came forward were termed as Panj Pyare, which translates to five loved ones of the Guru.
Later, Maharaja Ranjit Singh was handed over the charge of the Sikh Empire on the day of Vaisakhi.
Nagar Kirtans, visiting gurudwara, preparing a lavish spread and feasting with family and friends are some of the common ways to celebrate Baisakhi.