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Baisakhi

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The birth of the Khalsa is celebrated by Sikhs every Baisakhi Day on April 13. In addition, it also marks the beginning of the harvest season in Punjab, India and Nepal. Every year at the time of Baisakhi, thousands of devotees go to Anandpur (one of the most important worship places for Sikhs) to pay their obeisance and seek the Guru's blessings. This festival also has great importance as the founding of the Akal Khalsa at Anandpur Sahib. The Akal Khalsa was a great warrior in Sikh history who played an important role in resistance against Mughal rule.

In 1699, Sikhs from all over the Punjab gathered together to celebrate the Hindu harvest festival of Baisakhi. Just before the festival, farmers return home with their crop, the fruit of a whole year's hard labors. Since India is mainly an agricultural country, the festival of Baisakhi assumes a lot of significance, especially in the northern state of Punjab. The festival provides an opportunity for these farmers to thank God for good harvest for the year. On this day, people chant "Jatta aai Baisakhi" and come out on the streets in their best clothes, dancing and singing in joy.

Fairs are organized at various places in Punjab, and Sikhs celebrate this day by visiting gurdwaras and distributing ' prasad'. Processions led by five religious men are taken out and people line up outside gurdwaras to receive the delicious prasad and perform "kar sewa", or help in the daily chores of the gurdwara.

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