Sikh Festivals

Sikh Festivals

Where - Celebrated  In India, U.K, Canada, USA, and other Sikh populated areas.

Parkash Utsav - (January ) This festival is held to commemorate the birth of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh guru. The festival is one the most widely celebrated event by Sikhs.
Parkash Utsav
Holla Mohalla -(March) An annual festival of thousands held at Anandpur Sahib. It was started by Guru Gobind Singh as a gathering of Sikhs for military exercises and mock battles.
Holla Mohalla
Baisakhi/Vaisakhi - (April) In Punjab it is celebrated as the Birth of Khalsa brotherhood. It is celebrated at a large scale at Kesgarh Sahib, Anandpur Sahib. In India, U.K, Canada, USA, and other Sikh populated areas, people come together for a public mela or parade and Temple (Gurdwara).
Baisakhi/Vaisakhi
Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib - (June) This festival is held to commemorate the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Guru, falls in June, the hottest month in India.  He was tortured to death under the orders of Mughal Emperor, Jahangir, on the complaint of a Hindu banker Chandu Lal, who bore a personal enimity with Guru, at Lahore on 25 May 1606. Celebrations consist of Kirtan, Katha and Langar in the Gurdwara.
Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib
Parkash Divas - (September) This festival is celebrated to commemorate the institution of the Guru Granth Sahib. On this day the Sikhs go to a local temple for a prayer, and hymns.
Parkash Divas
Bandi Chod - (November) This festival celebrates the release of Guru Hargobind Singh along with 52 other kings from Gwalior Fort. It is celebrated by lightning divas (earthen lamps) and going to a Gurdwara to listen to gurbani.
Bandi Chod
Guru Nanak Ji's Jayanti - (November) This day is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Guru Nanak. He was born in Nanakana, a small town in Pakistan. On this day, every year the Sikhs go to a Gurdwara to offer their prayers. Sometimes Gurdwara are illuminated by diyas or electric lights in honor of the Guru Jis Birthday.
Guru Nanak Ji's Jayanti
Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur - (November)This celebrated in honour of Guru Tegh Bahadur who was martyred in Delhi when he refused to convert to Islam. On this day Sikhs go to a Gurdwara and offer their prayers.
Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur

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