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Baisakhi is celebrated with a lot of pomp and show by the Sikh community around the world and especially the ones located in the north Indian agricultural belt. It also holds historical significance …

Baisakhi is celebrated with a lot of pomp and show by the Sikh community around the world and especially the ones located in the north Indian agricultural belt. It also holds historical significance for them because on this very day in the year 1699 their tenth Guru, Gobind Singh established theKhalsa and eliminated all the differences between all castes and proclaimed all human beings as equal. And, one can certainly experience that on this day in all the Gurudwaras around the world, where free food is distributed for all. They also celebrate by engaging in a lot of traditional song, dance (bhangra) & feasting and since it’s a spring festival that too in an agricultural community, it sure is one hell of a colourful affair.

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  • 1. Celebrate India - Baisakhi FestivalBaisakhi– The Day India Goes Festive!Now that I can finally claim to have travelled far and wide I can say without a doubt that morethan anything else India is a land of never ending festivals. I am pretty sure on all 365 days of ayear at least one festival is being celebrated in some corner of the country. And, now that Ithink about it, it makes perfect sense because one doesn’t need to be a rocket scientist to knowthat we Indians have a festival forevery possible season, legend, myth,religion and even region.Even after taking this littleobservation under consideration theday of Baisakhi is still consideredsomething of a rarity. In short this isthe day when the entire nation goesfestive. It is a harvest festival that iscelebrated across India and it alsomarks the beginning of the Solar New Year according to the Hinducalendar. It’s known by manynames across the country and each region honors a different god on this occasion. Despite avisible stark difference in the kind of rituals observed in different regions, the reason for thecelebration remains the same.Baisakhi is celebrated with a lot of pomp and show by the Sikh community around the worldand especially the ones located in the north Indian agricultural belt. It also holds historicalsignificance for them because on this very day in the year 1699 their tenth Guru, GobindSingh established theKhalsa and eliminated all the differences between all castes andproclaimed all human beings as equal. And, one can certainly experience that on this day in allthe Gurudwaras around the world, where free food is distributed for all. They also celebrate byengaging in a lot of traditional song, dance (bhangra) & feasting and since it’s a spring festivalthat too in an agricultural community, it sure is one hell of a colourful affair.As for the Hindus they too mark their celebrations in much the same manner. The onlydifference being that whoever can, does take a cleansing dip in the holy waters of the riverGanges. This is done to start the New Year on an auspicious note. However, this is truefor Hindus of northern India only because down south in Kerala, where the festival is known bythe name ofVishu, the most important ritual is called Vishukkani which literally translates to
  • 2. “the first thing seen on the day of Vishu after waking up”. This festival is also celebratedin Tamil Nadu but with a different name, Puthandu.In the state of Assam they go all out with weeklong celebrations. Of the three Bihu festivalscelebrated by the Assamese during the year this one is the most important and is known by thename of Rongali Bihu. They also wash and worship their cows during this festival and here too itis a very colourful and lively affair.Orrisa, Karnataka, Uttrakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Tripura and West Bengal are some of the otherstates that celebrate this festival. In the state of Himachal Pradesh, goddess Jwalamukhi andin Bihar, the Sun god is worshipped during the festival.So, you can see I was not exaggerating when I said that this is the day India goes festive.Irrespective of where you are, chances are everyone around you will be celebrating. Mysuggestion is dive in head-first in the celebrations and have a blast.