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Nanak Jayanti

Nanak Jayanti

Guru Nanak Gurpurab also known as Guru Nanak's Prakash Utsav and Guru Nanak Jayanti, celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. This is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism. Apart from Sikhs, Hindus and other followers of Guru Nanak's philosophy also celebrate this festival.

The festivities in the Sikh religion revolve around the anniversaries of the 10 Sikh Gurus. These Gurus were responsible for shaping the beliefs of the Sikhs. Their birthdays, known as Gurpurab (or Gurpurb), are occasions for celebration and prayer among the Sikhs.

Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, was born on April 15, 1469 in Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi in the present Shekhupura District of Pakistan, now Nankana Sahib.[4] His birth is celebrated on Kartik Poornima, the full moon day in the month of Kartik. In the Gregorian Calendar, the celebration usually falls in the month of November, but its date varies from year to year, based on the traditional dates of the Indian calendar. It is a Gazetted holiday in India.

Festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti gear up a couple of days ahead of the specified date by decorating Gurdwaras in attractive ways and organising Akhand Path (reading of the Guru Granth Sahib incessantly for 48 hours). A day earlier of Guru Nanak Jayanti, devotees carry out processions holding Nishan Sahib (the Sikh flag) and singing hymns. The Palki (boxlike litter with poles) for Guru Granth Sahib, Panj Pyaras (five beloved ones) and 'Gatka' team displaying their sword skills and martial arts are some of the integral and major attraction of the event.

On the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, devotees sing hymns in the early morning from Sikh scriptures including Asa-di-Var followed by poems and sermons to relive the significant accounts and activities from Guru's life symbolically in his praise. Gurdwaras on the grand celebration of Guru Nanak Jayanti serve Langar or a community meal to all for free.

Apart from the traditional celebration ideas, people to share the essence and joy of this festival send inspirational and lovely Guru Nanak Jayanti SMS or messages to their dear ones.

 

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