Gurupurab – Guru Nanak Birthday

Guru Purab is the biggest festival of Sikhs which celebrates the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji who was the founder of the Sikh Religion. He was born on April 15, 1469

The festival is also known as Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav or Guru Nanak Birthday. People of all the religions celebrate this festival along with Sikhs.

Actually, there were 10 Sikh Gurus who worked really hard for shaping and well being of the Sikhs. This festival is celebrated to as a gesture of respect and affection to these gurus.

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Though the Gurupurab comes in the month of November but the date is not fixed, and changes every year. The celebrations begin two days prior to Gurupurav and lasts for 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. In Prabhat Pheris, the devotees wake up, gather and sing hymes. Langars(community lunches) are arranged, feeding free food to all the people. The free lunch is given to the people of all the communities, irrespective of the caste, language, status etc. The festival is a synonym of equality and love among masses.

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