Guru Nanak Jayanti
Gurpurab, or Guru Nanak Dev Ji, is the Sikh community’s most important and sacred festival, which is observed all over the world. Guru Nanak Parkash Utsav is another name for this festival, which is held on Guru Nanak’s birthday. This celebration takes place every year on the full moon day in November. Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of the Sikh Panth and the first Guru, was born on April 15, 1469, at Rai-Bhai-Di Talwandi (known as Nankana Sahib), today in Pakistan. Guru Nanak Ji had always been a spiritual person since childhood. He led so many people away from superstition and hypocrisy and showed them the correct path. Gurdwaras are decked with flowers and lights to commemorate this auspicious day. The Akhand Paath of Guru Granth Sahib (holy book of the Sikhs) usually begins in the gurdwaras two days before Gurpurab. The Panj Payaras (five cherished Sikhs) with Nishan Sahib (Sikh Flag) lead the Nagar kirtan one day before the Gurpurab. Hymns are sung in honour of Guru Nanak Dev Ji by groups of singers. Gatka teams perform Gatka (a Sikhism-related traditional martial art) and stage mock fights with their own conventional weapons.
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