Today is an important day especially for the Sikhs. It is the beginning of their new year. Baisakhi celebration is usually conducted on 13 or 14 April every year (festival comes on April 14 once in every 36 years).
Sikh people celebrate the day with function at Gurudwara and they take part in traditional dance forms such as Bhangra and Gidda dance. While people celebrate the beginning of Sikhism today, there are 10 important things people need to follow today.
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Sikh families and friends bring out their fanciest dresses and gather at Gurdwaras, to participate in a special morning prayer. After the prayer, a dessert called ‘Kada Prasad’ is handed out to all the worshippers.
During lunch time, the gathering in the Gurudwara sit for Langar, a vegetarian meal served by volunteers.
The Guru Granth Sahib, the main Sikh religious text, is carried around in a procession. During the procession, attendees sing, dance and chant religious phrases and prayers.
Bhangra and Gidda, the two dance forms are traditionally performed by men and women for the celebration.
The key rule during Sikh holidays is to wear bright colours. Men wear traditional turbans on their heads. They also wear kurtas with a decorated waistcoat. Under the kurta, they were a lungi.
Women generally have two choices, either a shalwar-kameez suit or a lehenga-choli.
Because a large part of Baisakhi is meant to celebrate the harvest, food plays a big role in festivities. Traditional Indian and Punjabi food, such as puri bread, potato curry and semolina pudding is served for breakfast. Families will also often eat spinach curry called saag with makki di roti, a traditional flatbread for lunch or dinner.
Source: Daily Bhaskar