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Baisakhi 2024: date, meaning, celebrations and everything about the festival

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Baisakhi 2024: Baisakhi, one of the most important festivals of the Sikh community, marks the beginning of the harvest season. The Baisakhi festival is celebrated annually across the country with much fanfare and glory. Baisakhi, celebrated mainly in Punjab, offers the promise of a better tomorrow as well as the hope of success, joy and fortune.

During this time, people gather to spend time with their families, friends, and other loved ones. Together they celebrate the day, enjoy dishes prepared especially for Baisakhi and commemorate the beginning of the harvest season. Baisakhi, also known as Vaisakhi, is celebrated in the Indian state of Haryana.

Baisakhi 2024: date and time

This year, Baisakhi 2024 will be celebrated on April 13 (Saturday) starting at 9.15 pm, just before Mesha Sankranti, according to the Drik Panchang.

Baisakhi 2024: History

For the Sikh community, Baisakhi is both a harvest celebration and a religious festival. On March 30, 1699, Guru Gobind Singh established the Khalsa, or “pure” Sikh society. He supposedly declared that all people are equal and eliminated the division between groups belonging to upper and lower castes. The Guru tradition in Sikhism was later banned and the Guru Granth Sahib was declared the religion's sacred text of immutable instruction, according to drikpanchang.com.

This day in 1699 was Vaisakhi when Guru Gobind exhorted his disciples to dedicate their lives to serving the Lord. It is said that five people donated their skills and were eventually nicknamed “panj piaras”.

Baisakhi 2024: importance

This day is celebrated with great joy by the Sikh community. People visit their places of worship, or Gurudwaras, and take part in processions known as nagar kirtan. They also decorate the Gurudwaras to make them look more beautiful. With their loved ones, people celebrate the day while devotees receive 'kada' prasad.

Baisakhi Celebrations

People wear new and colorful clothes for this occasion and in the evenings they perform bhangra, a Punjabi folk dance. Family and friends gather for the occasion. Baisakhi fairs, or melas, are also held in several regions of the state. Nagar kirtan processions, which include singing and chanting of the Shri Guru Granth Sahib, are another way in which people celebrate the day.

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