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Sikhs Celebrate Baisakhi

Sikhs in Fiji and around the world yesterday celebrated Baisakhi which is also known as Vaisakhi. People in the Punjab region regard Baisakhi as a harvest festival and thanksgiving. Hundreds
15 Apr 2015 10:27
Sikhs Celebrate Baisakhi
Sikhs celebrating Baisakhi at the Samabula Sikh Temple. Photo: Jona Konataci

Sikhs in Fiji and around the world yesterday celebrated Baisakhi which is also known as Vaisakhi.

People in the Punjab region regard Baisakhi as a harvest festival and thanksgiving.

Hundreds of Punjabi (Sikhs) joined the Baisakhi celebration yesterday at the Samabula Sikh Temple in Suva to mark this day which is honoured greatly in Punjab.

The day coincides with the solar equinox on April 13. It was on this day the 10th Sikh guru; Guru Gobind Singh founded the Khalsa (the Sikh brotherhood) in 1699.

Guru Nanak (1469-1539) was the founder of the Sikh faith and Guru Gobind Singh (1660-1708), the last guru of the Sikhs, laid the foundations of the Khalsa on the day of Baisakhi at Anandpur, a town in Punjab.

“For Sikhs, this is as a collective birthday,” Samabula Sikh Temple president Meja Singh said.

“The tenth Guru Gobind Singh selected the auspicious day of Baisakhi to form the order of the Khalsa.”

To pay tribute to this event, prayer meetings are organised in Gurduwara’s (Sikh Temple) across the country.

People on this day visit the Gurduwara’s and listen to kirtans (religious songs) and discourses.

The holy scriptures known as Grantha are read and the book is then carried in a procession led by five leaders of the congregation, carrying drawn swords.

 

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