GURU NANAK JAYANTI – 4th NOVEMBER
The Guru Nanak Jayanti is the festival of Sikh. GURUPURAB is also known as Guru Nanak Jayanti. Guru Nanak was the first Sikh guru and Sikhs celebrate the birth of Guru Nanak on this day.This day is celebrated on 4th November every year. Guru Nanak was the founder of Sikhism. He was born on 4th November 1469 in Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi in the Shekhpura District of Pakistan. This day is gazetted holiday in India. This day is also known as ‘PRAKASH UTSAV’ because Guru Nanak enlightened the whole world with his teachings.
HOW IT IS CELEBRATED:-
On the first day of Guru Nanak Jayanti celebration, ‘Akhand Path’ which means 48hour uninterrupted reading of ‘Guru Granth Sahib’ two days before the Guru Nanak Jayanti at Gurudwaras and home.
On the second day, Prabhat Pheris on the early morning is conducted at 4 am. Sikhs visit gurudwaras at early morning and pray Guru Granth Sahib and also huge Nagar kirtan are organized with five armed guards known to be as ‘Panj Pyares’. Those who are holding Sikh Flags known to be as ‘Nishan Sahib’. The team of Sikh represents themselves wearing traditional clothes and weapons by playing ‘Gatka’ as prove their skills in fighting with swords.
On the third day, Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated, the festival begins with the (Asa-di-war) hymns of Guru Granth Sahib in the early morning. Poems, hymns, quotes, and stories speak about Guru Nanak’s life. After that Kathas are organized with exposing of Guru Granth Sahib. After ‘Langars’ are organized where volunteers serve food to all those who are present there with full devotion to Sikh community.
Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated at a huge level at The Golden Temple in Amritsar where a number of devotees come from all over the world to celebrate this festival. Golden Temple has been lighted up beautifully and looks so creative. Gurupurab is celebrated all over the world in abroad countries like U.K., Canada, and the U.S. by Sikh community. People from any religion must go there and must experience the traditions of different religion.