Vaisakhi is also known as Baisakhi. It falls on the 13th or 14th of April each year. It initiated as a harvest celebration in the Punjab region of India centuries ago. Its significance lies in the year 1699. This is when the tenth guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh, created an event. This event is associated with the baptism of the Sikhs.
Farmers hope for a lucrative harvest to come & are grateful for the recent one.
Vaisakhi has also been celebrated by Hindus for a long time. It stood for the Solar New Year & acknowledged the Spring harvest.
There were five baptisms in 1699 by Guru Gobind Singh. In a large crowd, he wanted to know which participants wanted to be a martyr of Sikhism. Five people offered & went into the tent. The Guru did not assassinate them; he baptized them instead. Therefore, during this occasion, Sikh baptism takes place.
Precisely, he baptized them by scattering holy water, that is named “Amrit.” He also read religious verses on them. This occurrence of the Khalsa took place in the city of Anandpur Sahib.
These five people were the first members of the Khalsa. They are called the “Panj Piare,” which translates to the “Beloved Five.” The Khalsa means “pure.” It refers to religious & pious members of the Sikh community, who also dress religiously. The Khalsa order promotes meditating everyday. It also seeks to implement equitability in the population.
These five men are linked to what is translated as the five Ks: hair that is not cut, comb, an undergarment, bracelet, & a knife like weapon.
There are many ways in which Vaisakhi is celebrated. One such form is known as “Nagar Kirtan,” in which there is a parade, where the people chant holy verses.
Other forms include celebrating music, dressing up, & eating food. Some of this food is free. Its concept came from the idea of “langar,” which is a free meal offered universally. There are also floats.
The “bhangra” dance used to mark the harvest & was thus carried out by Punjabi farmers in the fourteenth century. The “bhangra” dance is done synchronously with a drum, called the “dhol.” It is now performed by all on occasions, such as weddings.
Vaisakhi is an occasion in which we don’t forget where Sikhism (The Khalsa) started & what Khalsa stands for. We are reminded about food & nutrition due to the harvest. It does not forget about the community as everyone gathers to celebrate. Not only that, but there are many events in which people rejoice & turn it into a happy & enjoyable time.