Celebrations in customary, add glow and satisfaction to our life. They disclose the continuity of our uninteresting life warped by stresses and endless occupations of day-to-day continuation. Some celebrations are associated with religion while many others are correlated to seasons of nature. Baisakhi is one such celebration which has both moral and agricultural significance. It is the chief festival of Sikhs.
Baisakhi is particularly, the crop festival of Punjab. It is lauded to mark the return of the harvest season.
As for the Sikhs, it is not only a gala of harvest but also indicates the birth of Sikh fraternity and Sikh integration. It was on this day in 1869 that the last Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh established the Sikhs into Khalsa or the pure ones.
The celebration, therefore, commemorates the starting of Sikh family that has since distinguished Sikh outfits. It was on this day that Guru Gobind Singh asked five missionaries to give themselves for the security of Sikh faith. Therefore, Sikhs rejoice this festival in a particular fashion. They revisit temples, read holy Granth and admire the pedagogy of the great Gurus.
In recognition of the ‘beloved Five’, a list of parades is held, in which sets of five men march in front of the holy book with swords pulled out. When the ritual is over, external celebrations begin which is characterized by community meals, feasting, music, and dance.
It is during this time that the Sikh youth present the legendary Bhangra dance.
The dancing tells the fabrication of the agricultural process from tilling the soil till gathering. As the dholak (drum) changes beats, the dancing series progress, staging plowing, sowing, weeding, and harvesting. Baisakhi is a harvest festival. This favorable day is very crucial for the farmers. They offer thanks to God and pray for the healthy crops in the future.
Baisakhi is a point for the reunion of friends and families. Elders sign the younger generation. People also donate food and clothes to the poor people.
Baisakhi is, thus, honored in the backdrop of the return of harvest season, starting of Khalsa journey and the beginning of Hindu New year. The anniversary of this festival is portrayed by special prayers, ritual cleansing, sharing of meals, merriment, music, and dance. It is a joyful carnival leading a period of material exorbitance and spiritual delight to our lives.
The Baisakhi Festival is a seasonal celebration. It is lauded all over the Punjab and Haryana by all classes of people. Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs all take part in this celebration. On this day people put on fresh clothes. They serve Halawa and several tasty things at home.
To remove the rank differentiation, Guru gave a surname to all Sikh men as ‘Singh’ which indicates Lion and gave surname of ‘Kaur’ which describes princess to Sikh women.
A fair is carried out throughout the country in juncture with the Baisakhi festival. The site of the fair is a point which is religiously recognized. Ordinarily, the fair is held by the faction of a river. The religious frame is in charge of the fair