14 April (Sunday)
Baisakhi, the harvest festival of India which marks the beginning of Sikh New Year as per Nanakshahi Solar calendar. It is hugely celebrated by the people of Sikh community. Every year Baisakhi falls on the first month of Bikram Samvat in Hindu calendar. Moreover, in India Vaisakhi is majorly popular in Punjab. This is the day when the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh established Holy Khalsa in 1699.
It is believed that in ancient time, Guru Teg Bahadur beheaded by Aurangzeb (The Mughal Ruler) publicly. As he was the one who stood up for the rights of Hindus. After the death of Guru Teg Bahadur his son Guru Gobind Singh became the next Guru. In 1650, Punjab was in turmoil and was facing the corrupt rulers where people were given no rights, neither there was any law, nor justice. Especially, the weak were suffering constantly and quietly. Therefore, this is the day when Guru Gobind Singh wished to instill the strength & courage among all. He summoned a group of Sikh people to assembled at Anandapur. At this meeting, he raised his sword and asked people to come forward to take the challenge, raise their voices against unfair, and who are ready to die for the truth. Finally, the five Sikh stood up who are known as the Panj Pyare (The Five Beloved Ones) by Guru Gobind Singh. Then instead of killing, Guru Gobind Singh baptized them and the first ceremony of Amrit initiation held.
The Baisakhi or Vaisakhi celebrations are mainly centered at Gurdwaras and in the open fields doing Bhangra and Gidda dance.