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Main Festivals  of Punjab

Hola Mohalla Feb-Mar

Basant Panchami -February

Baisakhi Mar-Apr

Rakhri  Aug-Sep

Diwali Oct-Nov

Lohri January

Maghi-January

Teeans(or Teej)- July

Dussehra- Oct-Nov

 

 

Gurpurabs -Anniversaries associated with the lives of the Sikh Gurus

Birthday Guru Har Rai Ji Jan-Feb

Birthday Guru Angad dev ji Mar-Apr

Birthday Guru Arjan devji Apr-May

Birthday Guru Teg bahadur ji Apr-May

Birthday Guru Amar Das ji May-June

Martyrdom of Guru Arjan dev ji May-June

Birthday Guru Hargobind ji June-July

Birthday Guru Harkishan ji July-August

Birthday Guru Ram Das ji Sep-Oct

Installation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji Sep-Oct

Birthday Guru Nanak Dev Ji Oct-Nov

Martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur ji Nov-Dec

Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh ji Dec-Jan

 

 

Main Fairs of Punjab

Maghi Mela Muktsar -January

Rural Sports Kila Raipur (Ludhiana) -February

Basant Patiala  -February

Hola Mohalla Anandpur Sahib (Rupnagar) -March

Baisakhi Talwandi Sabo (Bhatinda) -April

Urs of Sheikh Mujaddid-Alif-Saani

Rauza of Sheikh Ahmed Farooqi Sirhind  -August

Chappar Mela Chappar (Ludhiana)  -September

Sheikh Farid Agman Purb Faridkot  -September

Ram Tirth Mela Village Ram Tirth(Amritsar) -November

Diwali Amritsar -November

Shaheedi Jor Mela Sirhind -December

Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan Jalandhar  -December

Baba Sodal Jalandhar   -December

 

 

Punjab is a land of fairs and festivals. Numerous fairs and festivals are celebrated here with great enthusiasm and fanfare. The uniqueness of the culture of Punjab lies in these festivals. For the masses these festivals are popular occasions for social interaction and enjoyment. The festivals of Punjab have one common objective of bringing people together to participate in the happiness of the occasion. The important festivals and fairs celebrated in Punjab are:

 

Gurupurabs

Gurupurabs are anniversaries associated with the lives of the Sikh Gurus. The Sikhs celebrate 10 Gurpurabs in a year. At each of these festivals, one of the ten gurus of the Khalsa Pantha is honored. Of these the important ones are the birthdays of Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind Singh and the martyrdom days of Guru Arjun Dev and Guru Teg Bahadur. Prabhat Pheris, the early morning religious procession that goes around the localities singing shabads (hymns) start three weeks before the festival. The Guru Granth Sahib (the holy book of the Sikhs) is read continuously from beginning to end without a break for three days.

This is known as akhand path. It is concluded on the day of the festival. On the Gurpurab day, the Divan begins early in morning at about 4 or 5 a.m. with the singing of Asa-di-var and hymns from Guru Granth Sahib. Sometimes it is followed by katha (discourse), religious and Sikh Historical lectures and recitation of poems in praise of the Guru. Kirtan-Darbars and Amrit Sanchar ceremonies are also held in the Gurdwara hall. After Ardas and distribution of Karah Parshad (sweet pudding) the Langar (food) is served to one and all and there is kirtan till late in the night, the distribution of langar continues to the end of the programme. A special open lunch, for anyone who is hungry, is arranged at gurudwaras. The food is served with a spirit of seva (service) and bhakti (devotion). On Guru Arjan Dev's martyrdom day, sweetened milk is offered to passers-by. In the afternoon/evening, special programmes are arranged in the gurudwara. Later in the evening, the houses and gurudwaras are brightly lit, and add to the festive feel.

 

The Granth Sahib is also carried in procession on a float decorated with flowers. Five armed guards, who represent the Panj Pyares, head the procession carrying Nishan Sahibs (the Sikh flag). Local bands play religious music and marching schoolchildren form a special part of the procession. Sikhs visit gurdwaras where special programmes are arranged and (religious songs) sung. Houses and gurudwaras are lit up to add to the festivities. On the martyrdom of Guru Arjun Dev  ,Shabeels (sweetened milk smoothies) is offered to the thirsty passers-by to commemorate the death of the Guru.

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