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Baisakhi or Vaisakhi

Vaisakhi or Baisakhi is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar.

Vaisakhi is the spring festival that takes place on the 13th or 14th of April every year.

It’s a day to celebrate 1699 – the year Sikhism was born as a collective faith.

Baisakhi is a festival celebrate in India to mark the onset of spring and the end of the harvest season. It is an important festival in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and other parts of North India. It celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm by people of all ages. The festivities include singing, dancing, feasting and exchanging gifts. People wear traditional clothes while they celebrate this day with their family and friends. The day also marks the start of new solar year as per Hindu calendar. Baisakhi is a time for joy and celebration as it signifies new beginnings and hope for a better future.

In 1699, Guru Gobind Singh chose the festival as the moment to establish the Khalsa – that’s the collective name given to Sikhs who’ve have baptised.

The story goes that at the festival, he came out of a tent carrying a sword and said that any Sikh prepared to give his life for his faith should come into the tent.

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