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Last Updated: Thursday April 11 2002 19:54 GMT

Vaisakhi (Sikh)

The Golden Temple, one of the most important Sikh shrines
Vaisakh, also called Baisaki, is a harvest festival, celebrated mostly in north India, particularly in the Punjab region.

Vaisakhi is traditionally celebrated as New Year's Day and is the beginning of the farming season.

In 1999 Sikhs celebrated the 300th anniversary of Vaisakhi, when the 10th Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh established a very special order of the Sikhs called the Khalsa in 1699.

Traditions

  • Community festivities
  • Dancing by both men and women
  • Men and women wear brightly coloured clothes and traditional jewellery
  • Festivities often happen on the banks of rivers
  • Continuous readings of the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh scripture
  • Triangular flags placed over places of Sikh worship, called Gurdwaras

    When

  • April and May, specifically 13 and 14 April


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