Gurunanak Jayanti 2012

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Celebrating the lively Guru nanak Jayanti

Gurunanak Jayanti 2012/Sikh Guru nanak Birthday

When it happens: 28th November 2012
Where it happens: All places in India

Gurunanak Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of the faith among the Sikhs. It is an event gloriously celebrated all over India and it is an occasion of great rejoicing. It is one of the most sacred festivals for the Sikhs and also for the Nanakpanthi Hindus and other followers of Guru Nanak’s philosophy. For the Sikhs, their festivities revolve around the annivarsaries of their 10 Gurus who were responsible for shaping their beliefs. Their birthdays, known as Gurupurabs, are events for both celebration and prayer.

Birth of the Founder  

Guru Nanak, the first Guru and founder of Sikhism, was born in 1469 in Talwandi, now Nankana Sahib in the present Shekhupura District of Pakistan. His birthday falls in the month of November in the Gregorian Calendar but the date varies every year based on the traditional dates of the Hindu Calendar.

What to Expect

Two days before Gurunanak Jayanti, a forty-eight hour reading of the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhsis held non-stop. The celebration is generally similar for all the Gurpurabs but the only thing that differentiates them is the hymns. The festivities start with early morning processions at around 4 to 5 am called ‘prabhat pheri’, making its way around the neighborhood with verses and hymns. This time of the day is referred to as the Amrit Vela. A special community lunch known as ‘Langar’ will be arranged at the Gurudwaras by volunteers in the event. The idea behind this free communal lunch is to show that everyone should be offered food in the spirit of seva and bhakti (service and devotion) irrespective of social class or caste.

Night prayer sessions will be held in some Gurudwaras, beginning around sunset when the evening prayer is recited. At 1:20am, the singing of the Gurbani starts at the actual time of birth of Guru Nanak. Then at 2am the celebrations begin.

There will be bands playing different tunes, singers of hymns, martial artists displaying their swordsmanship through mock battles using traditional weapons, and other displays in the parade which will pour all over the streets. There will also be flags being carried along the procession, most notably the Nishan Sahib and the Palki (Palanquin) of Sri Guru Granth, the Sikh flags. The passage will also be covered with decorated flags and banners. Then the leaders, the Five Beloved Ones known as the Panj Pyaras, will spread the message of Guru Nanak.

The Gurunanak Jayanti is celebrated with pride, veneration, and life. Surely, it is only proper to celebrate a great man’s birthday with lively festivity spirit. Even guests can join in most especially in the Langar where everyone is invited to dine, regardless of religious conviction. Indeed, Gurunanak Jayanti welcomes everyone in this glorious occasion.

 

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Category: Calendar, Calendar of events, Holidays 2012, India Holidays, India Public Holidays 2012, Public holidays

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