Vaisakhi
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Brief

Vaisakhi is a long established harvest festival of Punjab. In 1699 the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh choose Vaisakhi as the occassion to transfer the Sikhs into a family of soldier saints. It is celebrated on 13th April every year. Vaisakhi marks the Sikh new year and commemorates the formation fo Khalsa panth of warriors under Guru Gobind Singh in 1699. It is also a spring harvest for the Sikhs.

Vaisakhi festival is celebrated all over the northern India to mark the arrival of the new month and New Year as per the Hindu calendar. Baisakhi is the first month of the year which marks the starting of summer season also. This festival is celebrated mostly by the Sikh religion followers in the state of Punjab which stipulates the birth of Khalsa also. Farmers celebrate this as the harvesting day or thanks giving day to pay tribute to the Mother Nature who kept the crops out of danger. Hindus and other religion followers celebrates this day as per their own ways also. This is the first day of the New Year to all other Hindu religion peoples too. They celebrates it on their own way.

Most of the poeple speaks Punjabi language. Hindi and English are also commonly used.

 
Travel Tips

Wear bright coloured clothes. 

It is a festival of Punjabis. But all region’s people can join this festivity.

If possible learn and know more about this occasion from a local resident or people.

Punjabis are known for their celebration and dance style. Join them to get all the flavours of this occasion.

Eat Punjabi dishes like Sarson da Saag, Makkiki Roti and Lassi during this time.



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Celebration

Sikh religion peoples celebrates this day by visiting Gurudwara with flowers and other offerings. Processions are organised on road also.Gurudwaras are decorated with lights and they organises 48 hour Akhand Path and bhog for devotees also.

 
Things to do

On Vaisakhi, Gurudwaras are decorated and hold kirtans. Sikhs used to take bath in the lakes or rivers before visiting Gurudwaras. On this day, Sikh religions do nagar kirtan processions and gather to socialize and share festive foods.

On this day, people take bath before the dawn and visit Gurudwara to offer their prayer. Kirtan and recital of passages from the Granth Sahib take place in the Gurudwaras. There is the distribution of the delicious Kada prasad, followed by Kar sewa.

 
Getting Around

Using an autorickshaw is your best way for getting around in Punjab.

 
Places to Stay

So many high, mid and low range hotels are available there in Punjab which one can opt for.

 
Most Celebrated Places

Punjab is the most celebrated nation in this country. Other than that, several north Indian state’s people celebrates this day also. The people living in Assam, West Bengal, Bihar has other cultural ways to celebrate this day too.

 
How to Reach

  • There are two international airports Amritsar and Chandigarh, and six domestic airports Bathinda, Pathankot, Patiala, Sahenwal airport.
  • Northern Indian railway runs through the state connecting most of he major town and cities.
  • All the cities and towns of Punjab are connected by four lane national highways. There are also Amritsar BRTS bus service in the holy city of Amritsar connecting major towns.

 
Surrounding Attractions

Punjab and Haryana were part of the larger province of Punjab, which thrived along five rivers in India and Pakistan. Rich and fertile, Punjab was India's nursery for the Green Revolution in agriculture and is its lagest wheat producer. This land give birth to the grandeur of Sikhism, Amritsar Golden temple is touched with grace. Ofcourse, is the sheer hearty zes for song, dance, food, life e. that Punjab is best known for.

The Golden temple: The biggest attraction is of course, the Golden temple. This complex consists of two large shrines and smaller subsidiary shrines. All are set around the tank - the Amritsar.

Wagah Border: There is always a noisy crowd for the 26 minutes presenting of arms ceremony each sunset at this checkpoint on the border with Pakistan. Indias BSF and Pakistans rangers vie for applause and try to outdo each other in goose-stepping and aggressive bearing.

Jallianwala Bagh: It is a landscaped garden with a museum run by the Jallianwala Bagh trust. The well has been briked up, trees planted where the corpses lay.

 
Time Period

The festival is celebrated mostly on 13th April or 14th April as per the calendar of the Hindu tradition only & Bikram calendar is same.

 
Emergency No.

Police Station: 100

Common emergency number is 112