Vaishakhi-Baisakhi

In Indian state of Punjab, the year starts with the first of Vaisakh, coinciding with the ripening of the Rabi harvest Baisakhi (April 13). Almost at the same time Bengali and Tamil new year also start. The festival of Baisakhi is celebrated with zest all across Punjab with religious fervor. The time of Baisakhi coincides with the advent of prosperity due to wheat harvesting and, thus, happiness and celebration can be observed throughout Punjab. Vaisakhi can be termed as Sikh New Year celebration.

Visakhi or Baisakhi is the first day of the month of Vaisakha-the beginning of the Hindu years in some part of the country. A holy bath in a river, tank or well is an important feature of the day's observance. For the Sikhs in Punjab and other parts of the country, this day has a particular significance, as it was on this day in 1699 that Guru Gobind Singh, great legend of India, founded the Khalsa. This is observed in the month of April/ May.



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