Vaisakhi or Baisakhi is a harvesting festival for Punjabi. Vaisakhi signifies the ripening of the rabi. Vaisakhi marks the new year of Punjabi, too. This day is observed as a day of thanksgiving by farmers, who pay homage to God for the good harvest and pray for future prosperity.
After the persecution and the execution of Guru Tegh Bahadur for refusing to convert to Islam under the order of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Vaisakhi started as an important Sikh festival to mark the birth of the Khalsa Panth of warriors under Guru Gobind Singh in 1699. Sikhs commemorate the founding of Khalsa during the Vaisakhi festival. The Khalsa was founded and initiated by Guru Gobind Singh as a warrior, with an obligation to defend the innocent from religious persecution. After initiation, the titles of Singh (male) and Kaur (female) were granted to a Khalsa Sikh.
Vaisakhi marks the Solar New Year in Hinduism, on the basis of the Vikram Samvat calendar. Vaisakhi marks Vaisakha’s first day of the month.
Gurdwaras are decorated in Vaisakhi and hold kirtans, Sikhs visit the lakes or rivers and bath before they visit the nearby Gurdwaras, group displays and Nagar kirtan processions held on this occasions and people meet to interact and to share festive food. Sikh groups organize Nagar Kirtan processions. The five khalsa are followed by the Panj Pyaare and the street processions. People who march are singing, making music, singing Sikh hymns. Major processions also hold the Guru Granth Sahib in respect.
The Vaisakhi festival takes place every year in the Sikhs and Hindus regions on 13 or 14 April, and coincides with other New Year Festivals in other parts of the Indian subcontinent such as Pohela Boishakh, Bohag Bihu, Vishu and Puthandu.
Dishes prepared on Baisakhi
- Chawal Kheer
- Meethey chawal
- sarson da saag
- chhole bhature
- pindi chane
- Achari Mutton
- Chana Dal
- Dodha Barfi
- Gud ka Halwa
Baisakhi Wallpapers with Wishes