Today is Vaisakhi

Today is one of the most important days in the Sikh calendar, Vaisakhi – also spelt Baisakhi.

Vaisakhi is the Sikh New Year festival.

Vaisakhi has been established as a harvest festival in the Punjab for many centuries now. It had been celebrated long before it gained an added dimension for Sikhs.

In 1699 the tenth guru, Guru Gobind Singh, chose Vaisakhi as the occasion to transform the Sikhs into a family of soldier saints, known as the Khalsa Panth.

A Procession to Celebrate Vaisakhi

A Procession to Celebrate Vaisakhi - Sikh New Year

To celebrate, Sikhs often hold processions through the streets. It is a festival where people celebrate together.

If you are a Sikh, Happy New Year 🙂

Happy Diwali!

Hindus, Jains and Sikhs are celebrating Diwali today. Diwali is known as “the Festival of Light” and is celebrated for various reasons.

Happy Diwali!

The most important reason for Sikhs, is because Diwali celebrates the release from prison of Guru Hargobind – the sixth guru.

For Hindus the festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and also light over darkness. The actual legends that go with the festival are different, depending on what part of India it is from.

For Jains the significance is that, in 527 BCE, according to Svetambara tradition, Mahavira gave his last teachings and attained ultimate liberation.

Happy Diwali!