Vaisakhi (also called Baisakhi) marks the start of the Punjabi New Year for Sikhs in Northern India, and all over the world.
Vaisakhi is celebrated on April 13th or 14th every year, commemorating the founding of the Sikhism faith, and the birth of the Khalsa tradition. For Sikh farmers, Vaisakhi is often celebrated as the “harvest festival” – an opportunity to give thanks and pray for a strong harvest in the year to come.
To celebrate Vaisakhi, Sikhs often wear colourful, traditional clothes and visit places of worship called Gurdwaras, which are also decorated for the occasion. Many observers enjoy special processions through the streets called nagar kirtans, which involve music, singing, chanting hymns, and a traditional folk dance known as the Bhangra. In the evening, many families get together to enjoy a special meal.
The day offers an opportunity for everyone involved to have fun, enjoy tasty Indian food, and participate in a vibrant intercultural networking experience!