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Kartik Purnima 2018

Every year Kartik Poornima is celebrated on the Purnima Day or the 15th lunar day of Kartik month. It is a full moon day. The day is auspicious in not just Hindu community but also in Jain and Sikh communities. Every community is celebrated the festival for their respective reasons. The festival is also known as Tripuri or Tripurari Purnima. This is a major festival among all three communities. There are various legends associated with the festival. To understand the importance of the festival it is must to understand the significance of the day in all the three communities.

23
November 2018
(Friday)
 

Kartik Purnima Date in 2018
 

To start with the famous legend, as per the Hindus mythology the Lord Vishnu took the incarnation of Matsya on the very day. The festival of Dev Deepawali is celebrated to mark the victory of Lord Shiva over the demon Tripurasura. The people of Jain community make their visit to Palitana to pay homage to their God after a gap of 4 months. The Sikh community celebrates the day as the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev. Thus, Kartik Purnima is truly an auspicious occasion for all the three communities residing in India.

Significance of Kartik Poornima for Hindus

It is a major event in many parts of North India and Gujarat. In Varanasi, the 5 days Ganga Mahotsav is organized. More than a million of clay lamps were floating down the holy river Ganga in the chant of Vedic hymns. On the day, the Tulsi Vivah ceremony is performed by Hindus. The day is also dedicated to dead ancestors and the pitras.

Every year, the day is also remembered for the long-lost maritime glory of Kalinga which is commerated as Bali Yatra.

Significance of the Puja in Sikh Culture

Kartik Purnima is also a very auspicious day for the Sikh community. Sikhs celebrate the day as the birthday of first Guru of the Sikh community, Guru Nanak Dev. This auspicious date is known as Gurupurab which is one of the major festivals of the Sikhs. A day before the birthday, a procession is organized by the community which is led by the Panj Pyaras who are known as 5 beloved. They carry a Sikh flag which is known as Nishan Sahib and the Palki of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. The procession is taken out with full of enthusiasm. The community people sing songs or hymns, a music walk along the procession and a team of young Sikhs display their talent of swordsmanship.

Everyone in the Sikh community waits for the day every year. Gurupurab starts early in the morning with special hymns, taken from the Sikh scriptures. Many Gurudwara organizes langar which is a free meal to everyone. Anyone can have the meal. The celebration is celebrated all corners of the world where a Sikh community resides. The USA and Canada are the countries witnessed of the festival every year.