Baisakhi - which is also popularly known as Vaisakhi, is the New Year for Punjabi’s/Sikhs. It is an ancient traditional harvest festival of Punjabi’s - celebrated for the arrival of harvest on 13-14th of April every year. This festival also commemorates the creation of the Khalsa by the tenth Sikh Guru – Sri Guru Gobind Singh in 1699.
Vaisakhi festival is celebrated with great joy and exuberance across the Punjab and the north India. Punjabi’s celebrate this festival with the folk dance - Bhangra and folk music. Huge fairs/ mela’s are organized in most of the localities of Punjab.
On the festival day, Punjabi’s/sikhs visit their holy shrines to attend the special prayers and Kirtans. The Holy Scripture – Guru Granth Sahib is bathed with milk and water on this day. The holy book is again placed on the throne with utmost care & devotion and Verses and teachings of the Holy book are read out. Huge gathering of devotees can be found at the Gurudwaras of Amritsar and especially Anandpur Sahib, where the formation of Khalsa was took place.
If you want to see the true spirit of ‘Baisakhi’, you can visit the Punjab in the month of April.