Guru Nanak Gurpurab, also known as Prakash Utsav Guru Nanak and Guru Nanak Dev Ji Jayanti, celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Sikh, Guru Nanak. One of the gurus Sikhs the most famous and the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev is highly revered by the community Sikh. It is one of the most sacred holidays in Sikhism, or Sikhi.
Guru Nanak Gurpurab, the first guru
The celebration is generally similar for all Sikhs ; only the hymns are different. The celebrations usually start with Prabhat Pheris. Prabhat Pheris are morning processions that begin at Gurudwaras and proceed around localities singing hymns. Typically, two days before the birthday, Akhand Path (a forty-eight hour non-stop reading of the Guru Granth Sahib, the book sacred of Sikhs) takes place in the Gurdwaras.
The day before the anniversary, a procession, called Nagarkirtan, is organized. This procession is led by the Panj Pyaras (Five Beloveds). They lead the procession carrying the flag Sikh, known as Nishan Sahib and the Palki (Palanquin) of Guru Granth Sahib. They are followed by teams of singers singing hymns and the faithful sing the refrain.
There are marching bands playing different tunes and the "Gatka" teams show off their sword skills through various martial arts and in the form of simulated battles using traditional weapons. The procession pours into the streets of the city. The passage is covered with banners and the gates are decorated with flags and flowers for this special occasion. Leaders spreading the message of Guru Nanak.
On the day of Gurpurab, the celebrations start early in the morning around 4 to 5 am. This time of the day is called Amrit Vela. The day begins with the singing of Asaa-Ki-Vaar (morning hymns). This is followed by any combination of Katha (scripture exposition) and Kirtan (scripture hymns Sikhs), in praise of the Guru.
Next comes the Langar, a special community lunch, which is organized at the Gurudwaras by volunteers. The idea behind the free community lunch is that everyone, irrespective of gender, caste, class or creed, should be offered food in the spirit of seva (service) and bhakti (devotion ).
Night prayer sessions are also held in some Gurudwaras, which begin at sunset when Rehras (evening prayer) is recited, followed by Kirtan until late night. The congregation starts singing Gurbani around 1:20 am, which is the actual time of birth of Guru Nanak. The festivities peak around 2 a.m.
Guru Nanak Gurpurab is celebrated by the community Sikh from around the world and is one of the most important festivals in the calendar Sikh. The celebrations are particularly colorful in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh and many other places like parts of Pakistan and England. Even some Sindhis celebrate this festival.
Today the Sikhs celebrate the birthday of the first guru, Guru Nanak. It is the most important festival of Sikhism. The celebrations are particularly colorful in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh and many other places like parts of Pakistan and England. #mythology #myth #legend #calendar #sikh #gurunanak