Gurpurab Festival

Gurpurab festival is on 28th of November in 2012, 17th of November in 2013, 6th of November in 2014, 25th of November in 2015.

Birth of Guru Nanak - Founder of Sikh Religion

Gurpurab or Guru Nanak Jayanti is the most important festivals of the Sikhs and celebrates the birthday of Guru Nanak. Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith was born on this full moon day in 1469 A.D. at Tolevandi situated about 30 miles from Lahore. Sikhs ardently believe that the enlightened spirit of Guru Nanakji had brought enlightenment into this world and so for them this is also the festival of lights, known as Prakash Divas. Reading from Sikh scriptures, recitations, religious discourses, chanting of hymns, and playing of musical bands form an integral part of the festivities.

About Guru Nanak

Gurpurab is dedicated to the supreme, mystic saint of the Sikhs. This is the day when all Sikhs pay their ultimate homage to this great religious teacher. Guru Nanak Dev was a multi-talented, extremely gifted individual. He is respected as a social reformer of the highest order and also equally known for being a well-known poet and an enlightened philosopher. He tried to instill the best of human qualities among mankind and also was strictly against casteism and religious discrimination. He had sacrificed his entire life for the betterment of the society as a whole.

[caption id="attachment_1722" align="alignleft" width="350" caption="Demonstration of the Sikh martial art of Gatka, at the head of a religious procession (celebrating the 538th birthday of Guru Nanak Dev) by Sikhs in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England. It is taking place at on Kempston Road at the Junction with Britannia Road and the building in the background is Bedford Hospital South Wing."]Celebrating the 538th birthday of Guru Nanak Dev[/caption]

Gurpurab Celebrations

This day is the day of Prabhat Pheris, which is the early morning procession starting from the gurdwaras going around the locality while reciting shabads or hymns. The continuous reading of the holy book for the Sikhs, Guru Granth Sahib, known as Akhand path also forms a very important part of the celebrations. This day the holy book is carried in a procession on a float, decorated nicely with flowers across the villages or the cities. Local bands accompany the procession playing religious music. Five armed representing the Panj Pyare, lead the procession carrying a Sikh flag.

Community lunches through langars and free sweets are distributed to one and all. The Sikhs participate in this karseva as service to the community, where they cook food and distribute it in the Guru ka Langar, with the traditional Karah Prasad. The food is served to the hungry with the soul and spirit of serving the community and with ultimate religious devotion. This is the day of special ceremonies, and varied other cultural programs are performed in gurdwaras. Sikhs participate in large numbers in singing religious songs in praise of the Guru. The gurdwaras can be seen to be vibrantly decorated with colored lights.