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Sikh Festivals Calendar

Sikh Festivals 2018

Sikhism was founded in the Punjab by Guru Nanak in the 15th Century CE. Sikhism means a disciple or a learner. It is one of the youngest of the major world religions.

5 January
Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh
Guru Gobind Singh was the 10th Sikh Guru.

13 January
Lohri
This popular festival is celebrated primarily by Sikhs and Hindus from Punjab. It marks the end of winter and the start of the harvest season. During the final ceremony people sit around a large bonfire at sunset and toss sesame seeds, gur, sugar-candy and rewaries (sweet made of jaggery) in the fire. They sing and dance till the fire dies out.

2 March – 4 March
Hola Mohalla
Also known as Hola, is celebrated every year in the month of March, a day after Holi. Hola Mohalla is a big festive event for Sikhs around the world. It was started by Guru Govind Singh who had tried to gather Sikhs for military exercises and mock battles after Holi. This has now become a traditional annual festival which is celebrated over three days and it retains the character of fun and joy of Holi.

14 April
Baisakhi
Also know as Vaisakhi, marks the Sikh New Year and commemorates the Sikh religious faith. The Baisakhi festival is a celebration of dancing, singing, music, wearing of festive garments and religious praise songs.

18 April
Birthday of Guru Angad Dev
Guru Angad Dev was the second of the ten Sikh Gurus.

16 June
Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev
He was the fifth of the ten Sikh Gurus.

20 October
Birth of the Guru Granth
Guru Granth is the central religious scripture of Sikhism, regarded by Sikhs as the final sovereign and eternal living Guru following the lineage of the ten human Sikh Gurus.

7 November
Diwali
Sikhs Diwali – it celebrates the release from prison of the sixth guru, Guru Hargobind and 52 other princes in 1619. Sikhs celebrated the return of Guru Hargobind by lighting the Golden Temple and this tradition continues today.

23 November
Birthday of Guru Nanak
Guru Nanak founded Sikhism

24 Novovember
Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur
He was the ninth of the ten Sikh Gurus.

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