Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Guru of Sikhism. Celebrated as Guru Parv, Gurupurab or Guru Prakash Parv, it falls on a full moon day in Kartik Puranmashi.
Celebration of Guru Nanak Jayanti
It is three-day celebration that starts two days prior to the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. It starts with akhand path that is recitation of the holy book of Sikhism and conclude with people offering their prayers in Gurudwaras.
Akhand Path of Guru Granth Sahib is held in Gurudwaras. It is a 48-hour path or uninterrupted recitation of the preaching of Sikh Gurus.
Nagarkirtan is organized. It is a procession led by PanjPyaras. It carries Nishan Sahib, the Sikh flag, and the Palanquin of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. But the main attractions of the Nagarkirtan are various singers singing and dancing to the tunes of brass bands.
On the concluding day, people visit Gurudwars and listen to the sacred hymns recited by priests. Lungar or community lunch is served to the visitors. Also, the visitors enjoy “Gatka”that is a form of martial art. It is performed with sword.
History of Guru Nanak Dev Ji
Born on 15 April, 1469 at Rai Bhoeki Talwandi, Punjab, Guru Nanak Dev Ji travelled across South Asia and the Middle East to spread his teachings that are immortalized in the form of 974 hymns in the Guru Granth Sahib.