ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Baisakhi Festival 2015 - The Vaisakhi Punjab Harvest Festival

Updated on February 16, 2015
Anamika S profile image

Anamika S Jain is a Social Media Consultant and Blogger. She is passionate about topics like Alternative Health Therapies and Hindu Mantras.

Baisakhi - The Punjabi Harvest Festival

Baisakhi (also known as Vaisakhi) is an auspicious Punjabi Festival. This festival gets its name from the month of Vaisakh. Baisakhi which is celebrated after the successful harvesting of first crop holds great significance to Sikhs. It was on this day in the year 1969 the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh initiated the Panch Pyaras (the five dear ones/ first 5 disciples) and made them take a vow of the five K’s (Kesh or long hair, Kangha or comb, Kripan or dagger, Kachha or shorts and a Kara or bracelet ). On this is the day when the Guru Gobind Singh also discontinued the tradition of Gurus and asked all Sikhs to accept the Grantha Sahib as their eternal guide.He also eliminated the differences of high and low caste and established that all human beings are equal. The farmers of Punjab celebrate this day as a thanksgiving day for good harvest. This day is also considered auspicious for new ventures and business transactions. This festival normally which falls on April 13th or 14th of March every year holds special significance to Hindu’s as the beginning of Hindu New Year. The Hindu’s take a dip at the Ganges on this day as they believe that it was on this day thousands of years ago Goddess Ganga descended to earth. It was also on the day of Baisakhi in the year 1875 that Swami Dayanand Saraswati founded the Arya Samaj. The pilgrimage to Badrinath Shrine in the Himalayas also commences from this day. This day is of relevance for the Buddhists as Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment and Nirvana on this auspicious day. Astrologically this day marks the entry of Sun into the first sign of the Zodiac (Aries or Mesha Rashi) which is why this festival is also known as Mesha Sankranti.

In different parts of India, this harvest festival is celebrated under different names. Vaisakhi Festival is celebrated as 'Rongali Bihu' in Assam, 'Naba Barsha' in Bengal, ‘Puthandu’ in Tamil Nadu, ‘Ugadi’ in Andhra Pradesh, ‘Bikhauti’ in Uttarakhand, ‘Maha Vishuva Sankranti’, 'Pooram Vishu' in Kerala and ‘Vaishakha’ in the state of Bihar.

Vaisakhi Festival of Punjab
Vaisakhi Festival of Punjab | Source

Celebrations on Vaishakhi

On this day the Sikhs get up early visit their temples and gurduwaras to pay their obeisance and seek blessings after taking bath. The Golden Temple of Amritsar is especially crowded by devotees on this day. At a gurdwara, the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhs is taken out and given a ceremonial bath with milk and water. After the ritual, the book is placed on its throne and read out to the followers. After the recitation, karah Prasad is distributed among the devotees. On this day the Sikhs wear new clothes, gives charities and distribute sweets and food to the poor. The charities done on this day are believed to yield manifold results on this day.

On the day of Baisakhi, the people of Punjab sing folk songs and perform the energetic bhangra and gidda dances. Men and women clad in the traditional Bhangra dress and happily dancing to the beat of dhol is a familiar sight on this day. They also take part in processions and fairs. The people of Punjab flock around the street food stalls and stalls selling clothes, bangles, handicrafts, shoes etc.

Given below are the dates on which this festival falls on 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Baisakhi Festival dates for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016

Year
Day
Date
2012
Friday
13th April 2012
2013
Sunday
14th April 2013
2014
Sunday
13th April 2014
2015
Monday
13th April 2015
2016
Wednesday
13th April 2016
Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) Festival Dates 2012,2013,2014,2015 and 2016

The Punjabi Bhangra Dance

© 2012 Anamika S Jain

Comments

Submit a Comment

  • DDE profile image

    Devika Primić 

    4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Baisakhi Festival 2014 - The Vaisakhi Punjab Harvest Festival a well stated hub on this festival sounds a great experience.

  • profile image

    bunny 

    6 years ago

    good written

  • rajan jolly profile image

    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Anamika, this is a very simple description of the Baisakhi festival which will be quite easy to our foreign readers to understand. It's great to let peoples of other countries know something of our culture and traditions.

    Voted up and interesting.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)