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iXiGOers Apr 09 2013

How is the festival of Baisakhi celebrated in India?

Pritha Manchanda Jan 31 2014
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Baisakhi Celebration in India is observed as that time of the year when the whole of Punjab is all set to welcome Spring with much enthusiasm and grandeur. Falling on 13th April, every year, this festival is celebrated majorly by the Sikh community. The Punjabi folk song and folk dance, Bhangra, is performed by the local people which furthers the festivity.

When: April 13, 2016
Where: Punjab and other parts of India

Photo of Baisakhi Celebration (by John Pannell)

Baisakhi has a great religious importance as well. It is considered to be an auspicious festival, as it was on this day that Guru Gobind Singhji established the Khalsa Panth. During the festival, 'The Guru Granth Sahib' is read in all the Gurdwaras in India.

Photo of Baisakhi Celebration (by J Singh)

Linked closely with the cycles of agriculture, Baisakhi is a Punjabi legacy followed by the Sikh community all across the globe. Celebrated with beautiful songs, dances and colourful clothes, this one marks the harvest of crops and is known to be one of the famous harvest festivals celebrated in India. Also, it marks the beginning of a new year of bounteous agricultural produce. It is considered as a holy day and the devouts celebrate the day with a dip at the holy river at the break of dawn.

Photo of Baisakhi Celebration (by Ken Wieland)

The agricultural fields are seen at its full bloom in this season, blessed with nature’s bounty. Farmers offer prayers and rejoice in the fulfillment of their year's hard work in full gusto. This festival is an expression of prosperity with singing and dancing being its most enchanting features. The Punjab's famous Bhangra and Giddha are inextricably linked with this festival. Both men and women dress up in their typical colourful folk attire and get ready for the celebrations in the fields. This is how the festival of Baisakhi is celebrated in India.

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