The popular seasonal festival of Punjab, BAISAKHI, is observed on the First day of the solar month of Baisakh of the Indian calendar. The festival traditionally portrays the heralds of happiness and is closely connected to the harvest season of the farmers. Punjab enthrals and engages in the bhangra beats to ward off malicious spirits who are thought to ruin the harvest. This lively festival marks the Sikh’s New Year and its celebrations dates back to the year 1699. The day was first celebrated by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru for the formation of Khalsa community- the Khalsa Panth.
Baisakhi commemorates the harvest time of Rabi (winter) crops in the agriculturally rich state of Punjab and Haryana, therefore it is of utmost importance for Punjab. The festival of Baisakhi also celebrates the Thanksgiving Day in these states. Farmers visit temples and Gurudwaras in early morning dressing in a new attire to express their obligation to God for better fruition and a thriving agricultural season. Enthusistic bhangra and gidda is an integral part of this buoyant festival and Baisakhi fairs are fabricated everywhere to add on to the high spirits.
This jubilant festival brings a lot of charm and verve in the virile state of Punjab. Established customs and traditions exclusive to Baisakhi are performed by the people with sincerity and devotion. The day commences with performing all major activitites in Gurudwara to celebrate the birth of Guru Gobind Singh and the foundation of Khalsa Panth. The harvest season is then welcomed in the agricultural soils through bhangra and gidda performances by the flamboyantly dressed men and women of Punjab. Basisakhi processions are carried out later during the day which is attended by men, women and children alike with faith and enthusiasm.
On the eve of this bright festival, the Punjab and Haryana Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki extended his greetings to all Punjabis living in country and abroad.
Prof. Solanki established the multifarious importance of the festival of Baisakhi and its significance in the life of the farmers. The Governor urged the people of Punjab to celebrate this festival together irrespective of the caste, creed and religion. The spirit of this day should be promoted high with harmony, social cohesion and national unity in our Country.
Punjab throbs in the eve of Baisakhi!