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Baisakhi : Baisakhi Celebrations

Baisakhi is known as the Harvest festival majorly of the Punjab region; also commemorating the Punjabi new year. The festival is of utmost importance to the Sikh community as it marks the establishment of the Khalsa , also termed as Khalsa Sirjana Divas. It is usually celebrated on 13th April (at times, 14th April) across different parts of the world.

The day of Baisakhi is observed as a thanksgiving day by farmers where farmers pay their tribute to God, thanking the almighty for the abundant harvest along with praying for future prosperity. Aawat Pauni is an important event associated with the harvest festival. People come together to harvest the wheat while the drums are playing in the background. At the end of the day, the people sing dohay to the tune of the drums. The festival is also characterised by the harvest dance; the traditional folk dance- Bhangra. Fairs are held across the state to mark the harvest festival and new year.

The main celebration takes place at Talwandi Sabo, the Gurudwara at Anandpur Sahib and at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. With the widespread reach of the community across the globe, the festival gains importance in other countries as well. In the United States, there is usually a parade honouring the Vaisakhi celebration. In Manhattan, New York City people come out to perform “Seva” (selfless service) such as giving out free food, and completing any other labour that needs to be done. In Los Angeles, California, the local Sikh community holds a full day Kirtan (spiritual music) program which is followed by a parade.

Baisakhi often coincides with both the festival of Vishu celebrated in Kerala and Bohag Bihu celebrated in Assam, which are usually observed on a day after Baisakhi.