Vaisakhi is sometimes called Baisakhi, Vaishakhi, or Vasakhi and takes place each year in April and is celebrated across the world.
This year Vaisakhi takes place on Tuesday, April 13.
What is Vaisakhi?
Vaisakhi is the holiest day in the Sikh calendar. An ancient festival of Punjabis, it marks the Solar New Year and is also a harvest festival marking the creation of the community of initiated Sikhs known as the Khalsa.
There are two different elements to Vaisakhi: firstly it refers to the harvest festival in the Punjab region of India, and secondly, it marks the day that Sikhism was born as a collective faith in 1699.
This day is also observed by the farming community of Punjab as day of giving thanks and paying tribute to God for their abundant harvest and praying for future prosperity.
How is Vaisakhi celebrated?
Vaisakhi is all about community, progression and celebration.
The festival is marked around the world with processions known as a nagar kirtan.
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