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Sri Gurunanak Dev Jayanti

Guru Nanak Jayanti also famous as Sri Guru Nanak Gurupurab, and Nanak’s Prakash Utsav is celebrated to mark the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. This is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism. It is mainly celebrated on the full moon day or Purnamashi of the Kartik month. It is remembered with the great teaching of Guru Nanak. People decorate their homes and shops on this auspicious day.

Followers celebrate Sri Gurunanak Birthday by decorating the Gurdwaras. They offer prayers and serve food to everybody, who visit the Gurudwaras. The celebrations usually start with Prabhat Pheris. Prabhat Pheris are early morning processions proceed around the localities singing hymns.

Baikuntha Chaturdash Day and Time

13 November 2016/ Sunday

Generally two days before Sri Gurunanak Dev Jayanti, Akhand Path (48 hrs. non-stop reading of the Guru Granth Sahib) is held in the Gurdwaras. The day prior to the Jayanti, a procession, referred to as Nagarkirtan is organized in the Gurdwaras. The head of the procession is managed by Five Beloved Ones (also called the Panj Pyaras). This procession is head by them carrying the Sikh flag, called the Nishan Sahib & the Palki (Palanquin) of Guru Granth Sahib.

The celebration is followed by teams of singers singing hymns. The passage to Gurudwaras is covered with banners and gates decorated with flowers, for this special event. The leaders spread the message of Guru Nanak. Night Prayer sessions are also held in Gurudwaras, followed by Kirtan till late at night. Sri Gurunanak Dev Jayanti is celebrated all over the globe by the Sikh community as one of the most important festivals in the Sikh calendar. The festival is especially celebrated in Punjab and Haryana.


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