This festival is one of the most important festivals celebrated in North India, especially in the state of Punjab. Also known as Vaisakhi, it marks the beginning of the new harvest season and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and joyful festivities.
The festival is celebrated on the 13th of April every year and holds immense cultural significance, especially for the Sikh community. On this day, Sikhs gather in gurudwaras (Sikh shrines) before dawn and hold kirtans (hymn singing) to celebrate the birth of the Khalsa Panth (the collective body of all initiated Sikhs).
Baisakhi is also important because it marks the day when Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh guru, founded the Khalsa Panth in 1699. The Khalsa Panth was created to stand up against injustice and oppression, and its followers are known for their bravery, discipline and selflessness.
Apart from religious significance, Baisakhi also marks the end of the harvest season in Punjab, which is known as the breadbasket of India. Farmers gather their harvest and celebrate with traditional dances such as the Bhangra and Gidda. People also wear traditional colorful clothes and indulge in delicious food such as sarson da saag (a mustard greens dish) and makki di roti (a corn flatbread).
Overall, Baisakhi is a festival that celebrates the bounty of nature, the courage of the human spirit and the love and unity of all communities, making it a special time for people of all faiths and cultures to come together and celebrate.