14th of April, Monday is the Baisakhi date in 2024 that people in Punjab will celebrate with great enthusiasm. This Baisakhi 2024 date is special since it is celebrated across multiple religions and Punjabis all over India. It is an integrative festival of celebration and people wish each other Happy Baisakhi.
Hindus call the festival Vaisakhi and celebrate the start of the solar new year. The Sikhs, on the other hand, celebrate the Baisakhi festival as the day of formation of the Khalsa Panth on this day in 1699. It is also a celebration of the harvest and spring festivals for farmers across India. Thus, this festival is celebrated not just in Punjab but all over India, where the industrious Sikhs and Punjabis are found.
Why we celebrate Baisakhi?
Usually, the Baisakhi festival falls on the 13th or 14th of April every year. Celebrated across India, the Baisakhi 2024 will see several celebrations all over India, especially in the Sikh Gurudwaras and fields of Punjab. The Sikhs on Vaisakhi celebrate the 1699 formation of the Khalsa Panth by Guru Gobind Singh. It is said that on Baisakhi day, the 10th Guru of the Sikhs formed the first band of Khalsa warrior-saints in front of huge crowds in Anandpur Sahib.
The Guru challenged the crowd to lay down their lives and emerged from the tent five times with a blood-stained sword in his hand. The Guru advocated the 5 Ks, which the Khalsa follow during the celebration of Vaisakhi. The five Ks are Katcha or underwear, Kanga or comb, Kirpan or sword, Kara or bangle, and kesh or uncut hair. It also celebrates the five people who were the first Sikhs to be baptized or Panj Pyare of Bhai Daya Singh, Bhai Himmat Singh, Bhai Sahib Singh, Bhai Muhkam Singh, and Bhai Dharam Singh.
How Baisakhi is celebrated?
Baisakhi means celebrating with the family, wishing each other a Happy Baisakhi, and having a family and community Baisakhi festival feast. Some of the typical vegetarian dishes prepared on the Baisakhi 2024 date at the ‘langars’ and Punjabi homes are the Kheer, Meethey Chawal, and curd-based Kadhi or curry. Popular dishes like Tandoori Chicken, Chole Batura, Nan, Sarson ka Saag, Achari Mutton, Pindi Channa, etc. are also cooked and served.
No Vaisakhi festival is complete without the celebratory spirit spilling over with the right spirits, a lot of dancing, and community celebrations. That means new Sikh initiations, baptisms, Nagar Kirtans, bright clothes, offering a part of the harvest to the gods, and lots of family fun with dances like the Gidda for women and Bhangra for men.
On Vaisakhi or Baisakhi, early morning celebrations start with the special Gurudwara prayers with the Holy Guru Granth being bathed in milk and water and then placed on a special throne. After this, the Baisakhi verses are read out to the followers. A specially prepared holy Amrit or nectar is prepared in a huge iron cauldron and distributed to the followers five times after the congregation has heard and chanted the verses. Around noon, the Karah Prasad of sweetened semolina is prepared and offered to the Guru after the Ardas to seek his benevolent blessings. It is then carried to the Langar by a special arrangement with people wishing each other a Happy Baisakhi.
Hindus celebrate the Solar New Year on Vaisakhi as it falls on the first month of the Vikram Samavat in the Hindu calendar. Besides, the Sikhs also regard Baisakhi as the Sikh New Year and Khalsa Day. Due to the Baisakhi 2024 date and day being celebrated as a Guruparb with the chant of Happy Baisakhi by the entire communities of Punjab, it is a holiday and time for family festivities with only a few shops that may remain open.
Places where you can enjoy Baisakhi festivities:
Baisakhi is celebrated with great pomp and splendor in Punjab and Haryana. Cities like Jalandhar, Ambala, Rohtak, Panipat, etc., grandly celebrate Baisakhi.
Our capital city is home to a sizable population of Sikhs and Punjabis. The city comes to life with Baisakhi celebrations. People adorn themselves in traditional attire and pray in gurudwaras. Many Baisakhi parties happen in various venues. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is a famous place that is a delight to see on Baisakhi. The Fatehpuri Phool Mandi, a historical flower bazaar, is spectacular to behold, bursting with flowers of every color.
Get around Delhi to enjoy Baisakhi celebrations using buses, an easy and affordable means of transport. Book your tickets online via the redBus app.
The Golden Temple of Amritsar is a must-see place during Baisakhi festivities. On Baisakhi day, people from all over India come to pray here and take part in the Guru Ka Langar, which feeds hundreds of people free meals. Many people volunteer to work in the kitchen to show their devotion. Get to Amritsar’s Golden Temple by booking discounted tickets on the redBus app or website.
The people in Chandigarh also celebrate Baisakhi in a grand way. Places like Taj Chandigarh, Radisson, Holiday Inn, and Chandigarh Club have grand Baisakhi parties with delicious food, folk dance, live music, and even Dhol-Bhangra artists. Gurudwaras like Gurdwara Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib, Gurdwara Nanaksar, Gurudwara Sahib Patshahi Dasvin, and many others are beautifully lit up and decorated. They also offer Langar, delicious free meals that are served by volunteers.
Get to Chandigarh and go on a sightseeing tour of gurudwaras during Baisakhi. Book your online bus tickets using the super-convenient redBus app or website.
Do you have Sikh friends or believe in celebrating the harvest festival of Baisakhi? Then the Vaisakhi festival is the one to celebrate with family and spills out onto the streets and fields. Enjoy the Baisakhi festival by taking a trip to the desired celebration venue with redBus. With just a few clicks, bus bookings for Baisakhi 2024 in real-time can be made online.
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