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Fair & Festivals

A Time to celebrate

Gurparav

Gurparav festivals is celebrated by Sikhs to commemorate their gurus. Two major Gurparav are held during the year. The first in the month of Kartika (Oct.-Nov.) to celebrate the teachings of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, and the second in the month of Pausa( Dec.-Jan.) to celebrate the birth of Guru Govind Singh Ji. On the Gurparb day, The Guru Granth Sahib is taken out in a procession through the streets of all the cities and towns and prayers are offered at the gurudwaras, and prasada distributed to the devotees. For two days and nights the Guru Granth Sahib and the Japji Sahib are recited continuosly from beginning to the end. The second Gurparb is also celebrated with great zeal and fervour by the Sikh community. Gurparbs are celebrated by all Punjabis with great zeal. The martyrdom of Guru Arjun Dev Ji and Guru Teg Bahadur Ji are also observed as Gurparbs. On all Gurparbs non-stop recital of the granths and religious discourses are held. Langars (free meals) are served to all without distinction of caste or creed.  

Holi

Holi, the hindu festival of colour. Holi prescription for equality is simple: douse the other fellow with colour ( plenty of it, the darker the better). Though the colour splashing, feasting and general revelry at Holi do tend to get out of hand, within limits its all good fun. A great time for cementing friendships and bonds of family love.

Holla Mohalla

A day after Holi the Sikh community in Punjab observes Holla Mohalla with thousands of devout Sikhs gathering at Anandpur Sahib where Guru Gobind Singh was baptized - to participate in the grand fair of Holla Mohalla. The whole place wears a festive look and processions are taken place and the people partake of the festivities with zealous fervour.

Tika

Tika is celebrated in the month of kartika ( Oct.-Nov.) on the day following Diwali. Women put a tika of saffron and rice grains on the foreheads of their brothers, to protect them from evil. The women dress up in finery to perform the ceremony. While they feed their sweets on this auspicious occasion they also sing and pray for their longevity and prosperity. The brothers in turn give some gifts or money as a token of their affection.

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