Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Sikhs celebrate Vaisakhi with pomp and gaiety

Sikhs celebrate Vaisakhi with pomp and gaiety

Recitation of Gurubani Keertans by renowned Ragi Jathas (preachers), a huge colourful Nagar Keertan (holy procession), exhilarating and breathtaking display of Gatka skills by Sikhs, and the serving of Guru ka Langar (free food) marked the 319th "Khalsa Panth Foundation Day Celebrations" popularly known as Vaisakhi festival. The shrine holds great significance for Sikhs as it has the imprints of Guru Nanak's hands on a boulder at the gurdwara.

"It is common for nagar kirtans to take place wherever Sikhs live".

Visiting pilgrims expressed their joy of celebrating Baisakhi in Pakistan where some said they were overwhelmed by the warmth and love they received from Pakistanis. According to the couples, celebrating Baisakhi is the best way to start their lives together.

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This year's festival marked the 320nd anniversary of Khalsa (the righteous Sikh brotherhood).

Sharing stories they have read and heard from grandparents, Simran Sareen (14) and Asmat Kaur (16) said, "Panj Pyaare were first Sikhs and were selected from different professions, namely a shopkeeper (Khatri), water supplier (Ghumar), farmer (Jat), tailor (Chhimba) and a barber".

For more on this, watch a report by Dunya News below.

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