Baisakhi Customs and Traditions

Baisakhi Customs and TraditionsFestival of Baisakhi is celebrated with lot of fascination, enthusiasm and vibrancy. People perform Baisakhi customs and traditions for the day with honesty and dedication. Major activities for the festival take place in gurdwaras only. Celebrations go on in open fields also with energetic dance performed by merry men and women of Punjab.
People wake up early in the morning and pay visit to gurdwaras to attend special prayer meetings. At a gurdwara, the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhs is ceremonially taken out and is given a symbolical bath with milk and water. Guru Granth Sahib is then placed on its throne with care. The book is then read out to the followers gathered in the gurdwara.
After the Baisakhi ardas, the Karah Prasad or sweetened semolina is offered to the guru for his blessings. It is then distributed to the gathering. The ceremony culminates with a special guru-ka-langar or the community lunch. People sit in rows with their heads covered as volunteers serve them with vegetarian meal.
During the later part of the Baisakhi day, sacred Guru Granth Sahib is taken out in a procession. Panj Piaras lead the procession thus symbolizing the journey made by the five fearless devotees from their homes to Anandpur.
Men, women and children who are alike in faith and enthusiasm attend this procesion. The procession moves through major localities of the city and is welcomed by citizens and members of social and cultural societies. The procession is accompanied by drummers, bands playing religious times, devotees singing religious songs and men swinging swords.


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