Baisakhi- Harvest Festival

Baisakhi Festival
Baisakhi, a seasonal festival celebrated with a special accent. This festival celebrated on all the states on the 1st of Baisakh. In an April month, this festival is celebrated as new year under different names. When the crop is ready to cut and sell, then it is the time to harvest. Baisakhi has a special meaning for the Sikh community. It was the day that Guru Govind Singh organized Sikhs into Khalsa. By doing this, he eliminated the difference between low and high and made that all the human beings are equal. The festival is celebrated on 13th or 14th of April month. This festival has unique significance for two major religious groups of India.

For Hindus, it is the beginning of a new year, and is grandly celebrated with bathing, partying and worshipping. This festival is considered that Ganga goddess descended to earth before thousand years and in her honor several Hindus gather at the Ganges River for taking baths. This will be centered in the holy cities in Jammu’s Nagbani Temple, Srinagar’s Mughal gardens, North India, and anywhere in Tamil Nadu. The Hindus plant poles which wrapped in the flags of embroidered silk in their homes, hang pots of copper, brass or silver on the top. The children wear new dresses and run the streets by singing songs.

Baisakhi festival is called as Vishnu in Kerala. It includes shopping for new clothes, fireworks and displays known as Vishnu Kani. Vishnu Kani refers to the arrangement of grains, flowers, cloth, money, fruits and gold and it is viewed early morning in order to make sure a year of prosperity. Baisakhi festival is known as Bohag Bihu in Assam and the community organizes music, dancing and feasts. According to Sikh, it has a different meaning. You can see the performance of wild Bhangra dance in Punjab. This dance tells the entire story of agricultural procedure from tilling the soil to harvesting.

When the drum changes beats, the progress of dancing sequence varies and people do sowing, weeding, reaping and then celebrate finally. This festival remembers the day in the year 1689 when Khalsa was founded by Gobing Singh. It also commemorates about the Sikh brotherhood which donned Sikh outfits. The Sikhs visit the temples like Golden Temple in Amristar and read the holy Granth which remembers the day on which Gobing Singh asked 5 volunteers in order to offer their lives. Every time he emerged with a sword and sacrificed a goat.

When the ceremony is finished, music-making, round of feasting, and dancing starts and then harvest grain. This festival signifies the end of the harvest. During this festival, the farmers thank the Lord Almighty and pray for the next year to get a better crop. Baisakhi includes a lot of socializing where relatives and friends are invited and meals are served. Granth Sahib, Sikhs holy book, taken in procession and led by Panj Pyaras, emblematic of the original leaders. During this festival, water is drawn from India’s sacred rivers and poured into a large tank surrounding the temple. Most of the individuals enjoy this festival with their relatives.       


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