Gurupurab – Guru Nanak Birthday

Guru Purab is the biggest festival of sikhs and is the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji who is the founder of the Sikh Religion.

The festival is also known as Guru Nanak’s Prakash Parv. People of all the religions also celebrate this festival along with sikhs. Actually, there were 10 Sikh Gurus who worked really hard for shaping and well being of the sikhs. So, Gurupurab is also a festival having gesture to celebrate and praying these gurus.


Though the birthday of Guru Nanak comes in the month of November but its date is not fixed and changes every year – its falling on 26th November in 2015.The celebrations begins two days prior to the birthday and last for total three days. Akhand Path is performed in all the Gurudwaras. In the early hours of the anniversary day, people sing Asar-di-Var(hyms) which is followed by a katha and recitation of rhymes, stories or lectures in the name of god.

The Gurupurab is almost similar to other sikh festivals with the difference in the hymes only and begins with  the Prabhat Pheries in wee hours, where the devotees wake up and gather and sing hymes. Langars(community lunches) are arranged, feeding free food to all the people. The free lunch is given to all the people, irrespective of the caste, language, status etc. The festival is a synonym of equality and love among masses.

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