Guru Nanak Jayanti or Gurpurab is one of their holiest festivals that marks the birth of Guru Nanak. Founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak was the first Sikh Guru who traveled across the world to spread the message of peace, and teachings of God.
Although Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated across the globe by the Sikh community, the celebration is more beautiful and pomp in Chandigarh, Haryana, and Punjab.
Date of Guru Nanak Jayanti
According to the lunar calendar, Guru Nanak’s birthday is celebrated on the full moon day of Kartik month of Kartik Poornima. This year, followers of Guru Nanak will celebrate the 549th Prakash Parv of Guru Nanak Jayanti on November 8.
Significance of the festival
The announcement about the event was made through a procession called Nagar Kirtan taken out on November 1 from the gurdwara at Budhaji Nagar to the one at Ramdaspeth. Baba Guru Nanak Dev, the first guru of Sikhs, holds the highest position among the 10 gurus worshipped by the community. Guru Nanak was the first of the 10 Sikh Gurus and was born in 1469.
Celebration of Guru Nanak Jayanti
O the day of Gurpurab, the celebration begins early at 4 am with the morning procession, Prabhat Pheris that starts from Gurudwaras. The Gurudwaras are decorated with lights and flowers on this day. People sing morning hymns and read out Sikh scriptures. This is followed by a special community lunch called the Langar.
Everyone, irrespective of class, caste or creed, is welcome for the langar. In some Gurdwaras, evening and night prayers are recited. The celebration ends with singing Gurbani at about 2 am.