Vaisakhi 2020: Vaisakhi which is also popularly known as Baisakhi is the harvest celebration that takes place every year with a great historic and religious value. It is an annual Hindu festival where the harvesters celebrate and cheer about the New Year and the harvested crops.
The day signifies the end of the harvest season in India and marks a time of prosperity and fortune for the farmers. The festival is full of tremendous joy and celebration especially significant to Punjab and Haryana, because of the association with the Sikh community which is large in population there.
However, the day observes a grand celebration among Hindu and Sikhs, each year across the country. This festival is celebrated with different names across India such as it is celebrated as Pohela Boishakh in West Bengal, Maha Vishuva Sankranti in Odisha Bohag Bihu in Assam, Pooram Vishu’in Kerala, Puthandu in Tamil Nadu, Bihu in Uttarakhand, as well as Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
When is Vaisakhi 2020?
Vaisakhi is a religious and cultural festival of Hindus in India. The festival is majorly associated with the traditional solar New Year, Punjabi New Year, as well as the Birth Date of Khalsa. The festival mainly takes place in the first month of Bikram Samvat as per the Hindu calendar. Usually, the festival falls every year in the month of April according to the Gregorian calendar.
As per the English calendar, the date of Baisakhi falls on April 13 every year as well as on April 14 once every 36 years. This difference is because of the festival being observed according to the Indian solar calendar. This year in 2020, Baisakhi will be observed on 13 April 2020.
History & Significance of Vaisakhi
According to the legends, it is the day when Guru Gobind Singh Ji, who is the tenth Guru of Sikh founds the Holy Khalsa, in the year 1699. The day honors the historic event of the founding of Khalsa Panth.
The day also mentions the event about the tenth Guru Gobind Singh who roared in front of a crowd including thousands of people and asking them who would sacrifice their life for the religion. There are five courageous men who offer their lives down but then Guru refuses slaying them and blesses them. Later, all five become the first ones to form the Khalsa group.
Baisakhi Celebrations & Tradition
The Sikhs celebrate Vaisakhi by bathing early morning in the holy river and visiting the Gurudwaras, taking part in the prayers which were held throughout the day.
Special celebrations of Baisakhi can be seen at the Talwandi Sabo, where Guru Gobind Singh recompiled the sacred Granth Sahib, the Gurudwara at Anandpur Sahib, the holy place where Khalsa was born, and the Golden Temple, located in Amritsar.
Farmers thank God for the abundant harvest and also pray for prosperity in the upcoming year. After the prayers, the Karah Prasad is offered to the guru and then it is distributed among other devotees. The revelers take the celebration with lots of enthusiasm and vibrant display of song as well as dance in the very colorful attire.
On this day, devotees also carry processions on the streets for honoring the legends behind the celebration of Vaisakhi. In the parade, the devotees carry the Nishan Sahib Flag which is one of the main observances of the occurring as well as festivity.