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Vaisakhi is also known as Baisakhi or Vasakhi that is celebrated by Sikhism community every year on April 13-14. The celebration marks as a harvest festival, Sikh New Year and the birth of Sikh in form of the birth of Khalsa. Sikh community has been continued the trend of Vaisakhi since 13 April 1699, the origin date of Khalsa. For every Sikh, the celebration means a lot.

14
April 2018
(Saturday)
 

Vaisakhi (Baisakhi) Date in 2018
 
Vaisakhi

History of Vaisakhi

Baisakhi is chosen to celebrate by Guru Amar Das who was the third of the Ten Gurus of Sikhism. On this very auspicious day, every Sikh recalls the memory of the ninth Guru Tegh Bahadur who was prosecuted and beheaded under the order of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.

The martyr fought for freedom of religious practice and refused to adopt Islam. The martyrdom of the Guru was the reason of formation of tenth and the last Guru of Sikhism who was Guru Gobind Singh. He formed the group of the Panth Khalsa. This gives the birth of Vaisakhi festival. This day is marked as Sikh New Year. The Khalsa Calendar marks Vaisakhi as first day of the year.

Customs of Vaisakhi

There are some special rituals organized on this date. People in the Sikh community from all across the world like to follow the rituals associated with Baisakhi.

Aawat Pauni

The custom is associated with harvesting which has been practicing for years. In this custom, people make gathering to harvest the wheat. While they involve in harvesting, drum is played. As the day ends, the people engage themselves in singing Dohay, a special song on the beat of drums.

Fairs and dancing

There is a folk dance called Bhangra is organized to make the day more special. Women and men participating in the dance dressed in a traditional Sikh dance dresses. They dance with the tune of drum that look mesmerizing and recreate the memory of previous year enjoyment on this very day.

Fairs are organized in not only Punjab but also some places of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu Kashmir because they are neighbouring states of Punjab and have reflection of Punjabi culture.