Happy Vaisakhi

Mia Lazaro
Vaisakhi is a spring festival that takes place on the 13th or 14th of April, and is celebrated annually.

It is the biggest Sikh festival and is a harvest celebration that usually takes place in Punjab and Northern India. Other Indian cultures and diaspora celebrate this festival too.

Vaisakhi, pronounced Baisakhi, is a day to celebrate the day when Sikhism was born as a collective faith, and celebrates the founding of the Sikh community, the Khalsa, in 1699.the year of 1699, despite the religion being developed by spiritual teachings from guru’s in the late 15th century.

On Vaisakhi, Sikhs go to the Gurdwara - which is their place of worship, just like Christian’s have churches and Jewish people have Synagogue’s - in the morning for a service.

After worship, they usually sing and chant through the streets with colourful clothes, specifically yellow saffron colours, to symbolise the spring harvest and the solar new year.

The procession is called the Nagar Kirtan!

In the evening, Sikhs have a special meal with family and friends.

To wish your fellow friends a joyous day, you can say, “Happy Vaisakhi, May the blessings of Waheguru (God) be with you always!”