Happy Vaisakhi everyone!

It is Vaisakhi today, an event with several meanings to different cultures and religions.

Happy Vaisakhi

Happy Vaisakhi

It is celebrated by Hindus and Buddhists as part of welcoming the new solar year in.

But it is extremely important to the Punjabi community and the Sikh religion.  The time of Vaisakhi, or Baisakhi, as some say it, is a traditional harvest festival, and as the Punjab is a large farming area, it is a cause for celebration, when the crops are harvested, people dance, and have fun, they do Bhangra, sing and dance, and generally celebrate the freedom they will now have, after a successful (hopefully) harvest. But before all this fun and laughter, they use this time to pray, and thank God for the good harvest, and to pray for the future crops too.

As a Sikh it holds a great importance too.  Way back in 1699, our 10th Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji laid the foundations of the Panth Khalsa, or the Order of the Pure ones, and so it is the birth of the Khalsa, and Sikhism as we know it now.

Guru Gobind Singh Ji's Khalsa Panth

Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Khalsa Panth

On this day many people who may not be baptised into full Sikhism, choose to do this, known as Amrit Shakna.  This is basically that you are drinking the holy nectar, Amrit, and you pledge to be a true Sikh, as above, remembering the 5 Kakar’s (the 5 K’s).

Kesh – Uncut Hair, you remain as God intended you to be, be thankful for what God gave you, do not be ashamed.

Kangha – A wooden comb worn in the hair, to keep you tidy, and presentable at all times, a symbol of cleanliness.

Kara – A steel bangle acting as a constant reminder of a Sikh’s mission on this Earth, to do good, and help others. It is an external symbol of our faith. Being a continuous circle, it shows a Sikh’s unbreakable attachment to God. It was also used in self defence, and originally was part of a type of coat of arms, to protect the arms in battles.

Kirpan – A ceremonial dagger carried by baptised Sikhs, that is there to defend oneself, but more over to protect others regardless of race, colour or creed.

Kashera – a loose shorts like undergarment. Used to retain ones modesty, and cover your intimate parts, so as to always be proper, and also, as it is worn by both man and woman, it is a way to discourage looking at the opposite sex in an immoral way. It is tied with a naala, a drawstring, and the meaning for that is that if you were to be removing it to do anything improper, then untying the knot would give you time to think about what actions you are about to make…

We celebrated today by going to the Gurdwara to pay our respects.

Then on the weekend, there will be a large parade, the Nagar Kirtan, which slowly snakes around our town, and all the local community, Sikh or not, get involved! We place our holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, in a specially made trailer, resembling the Golden Temple in Amritsar, and then there are people walking ahead, cleaning the road in advance. The Panj Pyare, or Five Loved/Blessed Ones, Walk ahead of this carriage.

Panj Pyare

Panj Pyare

This procession is attended by thousands, who come from far and wide to walk alongside, and behind the Guru Granth Sahib.

Ariel Image

Ariel Image

We walk behind, chanting holy songs, and walk through the town, and around the route there are people giving food and drink, to all. This is part of our Seva, or helping others that we are encouraged to do. Many people, in the lead up to Vaisakhi will visit the temple and donate items such as juice and sweets, which are distributed along the journey. Also, local businesses will arrange for hot food and drink along the route, for free, as their ‘seva’ for Vaisakhi.

Some of the many people who attend

Some of the many people who attend

Behind the main hoards of worshippers there are usually trailers for those that can’t walk the couple of miles that we travel, and also local sports teams or cultural clubs have their participants on board open sided lorries.  That’s where I’ll be, as I have been the last 4 years. Previously they were on a trailer together as they play the Dhol, (Punjabi Drum) with a local Bhangra team, but this year Lil Man is on a trailer with his football team, and Lil Princess will be sat with her Punjabi School classmates. I hope to get a seat somewhere as my feet may not cope with the long walk this year!

And we have Bhangra dancers, performing along the route at various stations.

Bhangra Dancers

Bhangra Dancers

It is a beautiful event, and there are Nagar Kirtans around the UK in places where there is a large Sikh community.  Hopefully, I’ll get some pictures on Saturday, which I can post for you!

But for now,

HAPPY VAISAKHI TO ONE AND ALL!

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

(Wonderful Lord’s Khalsa, Victory is to the Wonderful Lord)

122 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mayur
    Apr 15, 2018 @ 17:03:49

    Same to you

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  2. Tina Frisco
    Apr 14, 2018 @ 20:48:30

    What a beautiful celebration, Ritu. Anything that unites people in fellowship is inspiring and illuminating. Makes us realize we are much more alike than we are different, and that our differences can be embraced as enrichments. Happy Vaisakhi, sister! ❤

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  3. Colleen Chesebro
    Apr 14, 2018 @ 20:20:55

    I loved learning more about you and your religion, Ritu. Had to share. Happy Vaisakhi! ❤

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  4. Colleen Chesebro
    Apr 14, 2018 @ 20:15:54

    Reblogged this on The Sisters of the Fey and commented:

    HAPPY VAISAKHI TO ONE AND ALL! Many thanks to Ritu for sharing this blessed holiday with us. ❤

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  5. dgkaye
    Apr 14, 2018 @ 19:49:33

    Enjoyed learning the meaning of this holiday Ritu. Happy Vaisakhi Day! ❤

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  6. Hélène (Willow Poetry)
    Apr 14, 2018 @ 01:13:43

    Happy Vaisakhi Ritu! Enjoy your festivities. Thank you for all the info on the tradition and purpose.

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  7. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Apr 13, 2018 @ 21:30:03

    Celebrating your every happiness! ❤

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  8. Mary Smith
    Apr 13, 2018 @ 20:16:39

    Happy Vaisakhi, Ritu. Looks like a fabulous ceremony. Looking forward to seeing your photos. Hope it stays dry 🙂

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  9. Judy E Martin
    Apr 13, 2018 @ 17:46:46

    Happpy Vaisakhi Ritu! This sounds such a lovely ceremony and tradition. I look forward to seeing your pics 🙂

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  11. OIKOS™-Redaktion
    Apr 13, 2018 @ 16:56:37

    Happy Vaisakhi to you too, Ritu! And to all of your family! A wonderful tradition, full of color and rhythm. Have a happy celebration, and a nice weekend. Michael

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  12. OIKOS™-Redaktion
    Apr 13, 2018 @ 16:54:16

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  13. Sue Vincent
    Apr 13, 2018 @ 16:00:42

    Happy Vaisakhi, Ritu. Sharing with each other… whether it is food and drink along the way or knowledge of our celebrations, cultures, faiths and traditions is, I believe, the way to a better understanding that we are none of us anything other than part of one human family.

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  14. Aimer Boyz
    Apr 13, 2018 @ 15:29:24

    Happy Vaisakhi, Ritu.

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  15. pranabaxom
    Apr 13, 2018 @ 14:24:56

    This is also the New Year for the Assamese (Axomiya) people but this is a secular festival. The first seven days are the days of seven Bihu with the first day dedicated to cows (most important farm animal) and called Goru (cow) Bihu and the next day as Manuh (people) Bihu. After the new year, agricultural activities (ploughing of the land) starts. The festival itself is known as Rongali Bihu. Bihu dance is a main part of the festival. In old times, it is said, that boys and girls after the days work was done used to go to the fields to sing and dance and willing couples used to elope and come back in the morning to get blessings from the society for their married life.

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  16. allaboutlife13
    Apr 13, 2018 @ 14:17:33

    Cz I am a Sikh and it actually felt awesome reading this post by you thankyou😊

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  17. allaboutlife13
    Apr 13, 2018 @ 14:16:40

    It feels so glad to read about this prestigious festival on a platform like this💕 thanks alot for posting this
    Love your way!
    Happy Vaisakhi😊

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  18. Sue Dreamwalker
    Apr 13, 2018 @ 14:10:06

    Happy Vaisakhi Ritu, I learned a lot this afternoon from reading your post.. Thank you 🙂 ❤

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  19. Fourth Generation Farmgirl
    Apr 13, 2018 @ 14:02:05

    How lovely! Thank you for sharing this beautiful tradition. Happy Vaisakhi!!

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  20. chris jensen
    Apr 13, 2018 @ 13:50:25

    i didn’t know that!

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  22. Leanne
    Apr 14, 2017 @ 02:11:30

    Wow! Very cool! And so many people! I only practice 1 of the 5 K’s in a different way; I carry a pen instead of a dagger to protect myself 🙂

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  23. desertcurmudgeon
    Apr 13, 2017 @ 16:29:49

    Beautiful. A blessed Vaisakhi to you.

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    Apr 13, 2017 @ 11:57:14

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  25. ellenbest24
    Apr 13, 2017 @ 10:51:38

    A lovely post and educational. Thank you and Have a smashing time

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  26. Charlene Bullard - FaithtoRaiseNate.com
    Apr 13, 2017 @ 10:42:20

    Thank you for sharing, I learned something new.

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  27. Sangbad
    Apr 13, 2017 @ 10:37:34

    Happy Vaisakhi…learned a lot…

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  28. neelwritesblog
    Apr 15, 2016 @ 03:43:33

    Happy Baisakhi, sis.

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  29. elementhealing
    Apr 14, 2016 @ 22:43:29

    Thank you Ritu for this post. It’s so interesting I would love to know more about your faith. I look forward more pictures if you can get them.

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  30. niasunset
    Apr 14, 2016 @ 14:17:53

    This is so nice. Blessing and Happiness dear Ritu, Thank you, Love, nia

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  31. Bee Halton
    Apr 14, 2016 @ 12:31:48

    Thanks for that great lesson about Sikh’s 🙂

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  32. mopana
    Apr 14, 2016 @ 08:02:33

    What a beautiful guideline through an amazing tradition, Ritu. Thanks for sharing and…
    Happy Vaisakhi!

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  33. Ompong
    Apr 14, 2016 @ 04:00:38

    Hindu holidays are nice to see… they are usually colorful with a high degree of festive mood. 🙂

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  34. Fourth Generation Farmgirl
    Apr 14, 2016 @ 03:13:34

    Happy Vaisakhi to you and your family! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  35. syl65
    Apr 14, 2016 @ 01:11:16

    Happy Vaisakhi Sister!!! Peace and Love!!

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  36. Erika Kind
    Apr 13, 2016 @ 21:13:06

    Happy Vaisakhi, Sis! What an amazing celebration. In some way, it sounds familiar to me! Did you post about it once before?

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  37. Judy Martin
    Apr 13, 2016 @ 20:50:47

    I hope you have a wonderful day and look forward to seeing your pics on Saturday 🙂

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  38. unstilledheart
    Apr 13, 2016 @ 20:34:08

    Reblogged this on unstilledheart.

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  39. georgeforfun #MATURE, YOU'VEBEEN WARNED Life's too short to be miserable or serious anymore!
    Apr 13, 2016 @ 20:30:19

    Thanks to you and followers for all the info. I’m up for any reason for people to gather and celebrate, YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
    Enjoy your day&evening. )))))))))))))))))))))))))))) Hugssssssssssssssss

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  40. susieshy45
    Apr 19, 2015 @ 09:11:19

    In Kerala, a similar festival is celebrated called Vishu- which again celebrates the new harvest. It symbolises the beginning of the new year too. And similarly in West Bengal, it is celebrated as Nobo Borosho or new year. So there is a lot of similarity between states and cultures. Perhaps the Parsi Navroze has similar origins- the
    beginning of spring after a long winter. Who knew ?
    Wishing you a happy Baisakhi and a new year with a lot of fun and frolic.

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  41. susieshy45
    Apr 19, 2015 @ 09:10:15

    In Kerala, a similar festival is celebrated called Vishu- which again celebrates the new harvest. It symbolises the beginning of the new year too. And similarly in West Bengal, it is celebrated as Nobo Borosho or new year. So there is a lot of similarity between states and cultures. Perhaps the Parsi Navroze has similar origins- the beginning of spring after a long winter. Who knew ?

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  43. Leanne
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 23:25:23

    Another wonderful post to educate your followers! Also enjoyed the great pictures!

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  44. Thumbup
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 17:31:45

    Is there

    giving on this holiday?

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    • Ritu
      Apr 14, 2015 @ 18:37:45

      It’s not usually about giving, but celebrating a good harvest, and the birth of the Khalsa… though you are to think about giving more, yourself, in general, about your Seva, and charitable work you could do, time, and money you could donate to help others.. that is one main ethos of Sikhism!

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  45. walkerkaty0
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 16:09:39

    This is the first time I am hearing about this celebration. It looks like a lot of fun! Happy Vaisakhi!

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  46. Cats at the Bar.org / Back Home in Bromont.com
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 13:08:52

    That looks like so much fun. What a wonderful way to celebrate. It really brings the community together. 🙂

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    • Ritu
      Apr 14, 2015 @ 13:15:32

      It is great, and everyone, no matter what religion, colour or creed joins in!! It might just be for the free food, but hey, it’s all fun!! And so colourful! 😄

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  47. Cats at the Bar.org / Back Home in Bromont.com
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 13:01:59

    Ignore my last question on your other post. 😀

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  48. carolschepper
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 11:55:48

    Happy Vaisakhi to you & your family. Enjoy the festivities!
    And thank you for the explanation!

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  49. edwinasepisodes
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 10:12:32

    Happy Vaisakhi to you Ritu and thanks for the insight about it 🙂

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