According to the Gregorian calendar Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born on April 15 in 1469. Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrates the significance of the birth of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru who was also the founder of Sikhism. This day is a part of the Sikh festivities for remembering their divine gurus.
Today, We will tell you amazing facts about this festival and how it is celebrated in the country.
Preparations start before two days
On this day, Gurudwaras are decorated with lights and flowers. People chant hymns from Sikh scriptures.
The festival is observed over a period of three days. Its preparations starts before two days of the actual festiva with the reading of the Guru Granth Sahib i.e holy book of the Sikh community, called Akhand Path. The ‘Guru Granth Sahib’ is read for 48 hours.
The day before Guru Prakash Utsav, ‘Nagarkirtan’ is organised. Devotees Sikh flags and organize a Palki of Guru Granth Sahib, singing devotional song and display of martial arts by the Sikhs. It is a beautiful and unique sight to watch. It is further led by Panj Pyaras.
On the main day of the festival
Celebrations begin early in the morning at around 4 or 5 a.m. it starts with morning hymns, known as Asa-di-Va.
After that devotees assemble for a reading from the holy book called the “katha” or reading session which includes religious and historical lectures and recitation of poems to honour the Guru ji.
Once the procession is over, special lunch called “langar” organised by the community at the Gurudwaras takes place. This is served to everyone irrespective of their caste, creed or religion. Karah Prasad is also served in the Gurudwara to the people on the day of Guru Nanak Jayanti.
After Langar and prayer session, devotees sing along in the Kirtan session.
The golden Temple in Amritsar is the main attraction during this festival.
Celebration Continue Till Late At Night
According to mythology Guru Nanak was born at 1:20 am. So, all followers gather and celebrate post midnight. After this, the celebrations wrap up by 2 am and people happily go back their homes. Read here: 8 Heart Touching Facts About Sikh Guru Guru Nanak Dev Ji