Here’s all that you must know about Guru Nanak Jayanti 2021

Guru Nanak Jayanti 2021

Guru Nanak Jayanti 2021

Guru Nanak Dev Ji was the founder of Sikhism and the first of the Sikh Gurus. He was born in 1469 at Nankana Sahib. It is believed that his birth was a mark of divinity. His birth anniversary is celebrated worldwide on the day of Kartik Purnima as per the lunar calendar.
Guru Nanak Jayanti, also known as Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav, Gurpurab, and Guru Nanak Dev Ji Jayanti, celebrates the birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak. This festival celebrates the essential teachings of Guru Nanak and is celebrated in most parts of India, especially in the state of Punjab, where Sikhism is widely prevalent.
As we draw nearer to the commemoration of this inspiring festival, here is everything you need to know about Guru Nanak Jayanti.
Guru Nanak Jayanti falls on a full moon during October-November. This year, the 552nd birth anniversary will be celebrated on 19 November.
Guru Nanak Jayanti is a gazetted holiday in India, acknowledging the Sikh community. Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated as a public holiday in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, West Bengal and other parts of India.
 
Recitation of the Guru Granth Sahib called the ‘Akhand Path’ (which means unhindered prayer) begins for a 48-hour non-stop session on the day before Guru Nanak Jayanti. Nagar kirtan is held, led by five men holding the Sikh nishan sahib.
The festival usually begins with ‘Prabhat Pheris’ in the early morning at Gurudwaras. The procession passes through streets that are decorated with flags and flowers. The holy Guru Grant Sahib is placed in a palanquin while people sing religious hymns in groups and play traditional musical instruments. Some also display their martial arts skills.
Langar and community service
In the Sikh tradition, ‘Langar’ means an almshouse or a place for the needy and is the name given to the community kitchen in a gurdwara. The Langar is a place that provides food to anyone in need – irrespective of their caste, class, religion or gender. The concept of this community kitchen is to welcome everyone as the Guru’s guest.
The Sikh community is known to come forward and provide food and shelter at the gurdwaras to those in need. The lunch is prepared by volunteers and is offered to everybody. Kada Prasad is another traditional sweet that is made and distributed in large quantities for this festival. Distributing food is considered a part of community service (Seva) in the Sikh culture.
 

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