Celebrate the Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev
Guru Nanak Jayanti, also called Gurpurab, is a special festival that marks the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev, the first guru and the founder of the Sikh religion.
When is it Celebrated?
This year, Guru Nanak Jayanti will be observed on Monday, November 27. Sikhs all around the world celebrate this festival with great love and respect.
Why is it Special?
Guru Nanak Dev was born in 1469 in a village near Lahore, Pakistan. He wrote many hymns, which were compiled in the Adi Granth by Guru Arjan Dev. Guru Nanak Dev devoted his life to promoting equality and tolerance.
What Happens on Guru Nanak Jayanti?
- Akhand Path: On this day, Sikhs read from their holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, continuously.
- Prabhat Pheris: Two days before the festival, early morning processions are organized with devotees singing hymns.
- Nagar Kirtan: A day before Guru Nanak Dev’s birth date, a parade is led by five men carrying the Sikh triangle flag.
- Gurdwara Prayers: On the day of Gurpurab, prayers are held throughout the day in Sikh temples (Gurdwaras).
- Langar Tradition: Devotees participate in langar, a community kitchen where everyone is welcome. The food served is considered auspicious, and a special prasad called kada prasad is offered.
Key Teachings of Guru Nanak Dev
Guru Nanak Dev’s teachings emphasized equality, tolerance, and selfless service to humanity. He believed in the oneness of the creator of the universe.
Guru Nanak Jayanti is a time for Sikhs to come together in devotion, celebrate their beliefs, and follow the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev. The festival is a beautiful blend of spiritual practices, community gatherings, and the joy of sharing a meal.