Baisakhi Festival-About Baisakhi Festival-Special Festival of Punjab


Baisakhi is a seasonal festival with a special accent.Thought widely known all over India Baisakhi is the originally celebrated in Punjab.This is the time when harvest is gathered in and the farmers are jubilant over fulfillment of their hard farming work.They are in mood of merry-marking and walk miles to participate in Baisakhi fair.Since these fairs are also an expression of  prosperity,singing and dancing constitute its most enchanting features.
The Punjab's famous dance of Bhangra and Giddha are inextricably linked with this festival.Many fairs in the Punjab are held near the tombs and shrines of pirs.These fairs must have originated in a spirit of devotion to those saints and sages.The most famous among such fairs are the Chhapar fair,the Jarag fair,and the Roshni fair of Jagranyan.
Baisakhi marks the beginning of the New Year ,particularly in the northern part of India.Ti is one of few Indian festivals  that have a fixed date.Baisakhi comes on 13 April month.In Kerala, Baisakhi is called as 'Vishu' and in Tamil Nadu ,it is celebrated as 'puthandu'.Being considered a holy day, the devout celebrate the Baisakhi with a dip in the holy rivers usually at down.It is on this day that sun enters Aries,the first sign of Zodiac ,which signifies ushering of the New Year.
Specially in Punjab ,(the land of Green Revolution) and in the northern belt of India in general,farmers offer their prayers and rejoice.For ,on this day they commence reaping their harvest.The fields can be seen full of nature's bounty.Dressed in their typical folk attire ,both men and women ,enjoy the day with Bhangra and Gidda.Sweets are distributed people embrace one another forgetting their differences.Everywhere there are people ;giving vent to the joy; they feel in their hearts.
Baikskhi ,however ,has attained a new dimension as Guru Gobind Singh ,on the very day of Baisakhi in 1669 ,had established the Khalsa Panth,and gave a final impetus to the course of the earlier nine Gurus of Sikhism.
A rural festival of North India,marking the beginning of the solar year (New Year), Baisakhi is celebrated in Punjab with great fervour.For the Sikhs in particular the day is a combination of New Year and the commemoration of the Khalsa Panth(Sikh brotherhood).It also signifies the end of harvest of the main crop.During Baisakhi the farmers give thank to the Lord Almighty for their fortune and prey for a better crop in the coming year.Baisakhi witnesses a lot of socialising with friends ,and relatives are invited and delicious meals are served.
The Holy book of the 'Granth Sahib' is taken in the procession,led by the 'Panj Pyaras'.(five senior Sikhs) who are symbolic of the original leaders.The occasion is celebrated with great gusto at Talwandi Sabo,where Guru Gobind Singh stayed for nine months and and completed the recompilation of the Guru Granth Sahib in the Golden Temple in Amritsar.On the day of Baisakhi ,water is drawn from all the sacred rivers of India,and poured into the huge tank surrounding the Golden Temple.

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