INDIA FESTIVAL GURU NANAK JAYANTI
Guru Nanak Jayanti
Place of Celebration: North India (Punjab and Haryana)
Sikhs also visit gurdwaras where special programs are arranged and kirtans (religious songs) are sung. Houses and gurdwaras are lit up to add to the festivities. Guru Nanak Dev's life served as a beacon light for his age. He was a great seer, saint and mystic. He was a prolific poet and a unique singer of God's laudation. A prophet of peace, love, truth and renaissance, he was centuries ahead of his times. His universal message is as fresh and true even today as it was in the past and Sikhs all over the world, practice what Guru Nanak Dev preached, to reaffirm their beliefs in the teachings of their founder.
Sometimes the festival extends into the evening, with prayers and hymns continuing long into the night. Sikhs who are unable to visit the Gurdwara during the festival will hold a similar ceremony in their own homes.
Various lectures and poems are recited in the praise of Guru. Langar (special lunch) is served to people. The celebrations of Guru Nanak birthday are especially grand in the twin states of Punjab and Haryana.
Karah Parasaad is served after puja. This is a sweet-tasting food which has
been blessed. It is made from semolina or wheat flour, sugar and ghee
(clarified butter) and is served warm. The congregation will then share a
langar (meal) from the free kitchen. Celebrations may also include fireworks.
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