Festivals

Festival  

Date (2008)  

About   

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanthi

5-Jan

Sikhs offer their prayers at a local Sikh temple for the birth of Guru Gobind Singh Ji.

Lohri

13-Jan

Lohri is a harvest festival, originally celebrated in Punjab. Farmers celebrate Lohri during the January rest period before the harvesting and gathering of crops which they have worked hard to grow.

Maghi

13-Jan

Maghi commemorates the martyrdom of the "Forty Immortals," forty followers of Guru Gobind Singh who had previously deserted him, fought bravely against overwhelming Mughal army forces and were martyred in Muktsar. Guru Gobind Singh blessed them as having achieved mukti (liberation) and cremated them at Muktsar.On Maghi, Sikhs visit gurdwaras and listen to kirtan.

Hola Mohalla/Holi

22-Mar

In Punjab it is celebrated at Anandpur Sahib and in other cities such as Ludhiana in both Hindus and Sikhs. It is an occasion for the Sikhs to demonstrate their martial skills in simulated battles as the words itself mean "mock fight".

Vaisakhi/Baisakhi

14-Apr

Vaisakhi is one of the most significant holidays in Sikh calendar. It is a festival that celbrates the beginning of the harvest season in India. It is also celebrated for the Birth of the Khalsa, or Sikh religion. To mark the celebrations, devotees, attend gurdwaras, the Sikh place of worship. The celebrations start early as devotees, with flowers and offerings in their hands, proceed towards the gurdwaras and temples before dawn.

Martydom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib

16-Jun

Guru Arjan Dev Sahib was martyred on this day, according to the Nanakshahi calendar.

Parkash Divas

1-Sep

Parkash Divas is the day where the Guru Granth Sahib was instituted. Sikhs go to a local temple for a prayer, and hymns.

Diwali/Bandi Chod Divas

28-Oct

On the day of the Hindu festival Diwali, Sikhs celebrate the Bandi Chod Divas. It celebrates the release of Guru Hargobind Singh from Gwalior Fort with him freeing 52 other kings as well. It is celebrated by lightning divas and going to a Gurdwara to listen to gurbani.

Guru Nanak Ji's Jayanthi

24-Nov

On this day Guru Nank was born in Nanakana, a small town in Pakistan. Every year Sikhs go to a Gurdwara and offer their prayers there. Sometimes divas are lit in front of the Gurdwara, in honor of the Guru Jis Birthday.

Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib

24-Nov

On this day Guru Tegh Bahadur was martyred when he refused to convert to Islam. On this day Sikhs go to a Gurdwara for a prayer.

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