Vaisakhi (also know as Baisakhi) is celebrated on the 13th April every year, which is the first day of the Punjabi month of Vaisakh. From a cultural perspective it is the Harvest festival that celebrates a successful Wheat harvest, and this is celebrated in various guises across the whole of India at this time of the year. Vaisakhi also has a religious significance for Sikh’s. The Khalsa Panth or Sikh religion was founded on Vaisakhi day in 1699, so this event holds president for Sikhs over the cultural significance of Vaisakhi.
Culturally Vaisakhi is celebrated as a large outdoor festival, where people from nearby villages would gather in fields to enjoy this high-spirited event. There would be stalls selling food, drink, toys, clothes and ladies bangles as well as fairground rides and stage shows for music, dance and drama. Punjabi people would engage in the festivities by dancing Bhangra and Giddha in the fields as a communal activity.
Vaisakhi is a very joyous time for Punjabi people as agriculture is a huge industry there and most people would relay on a successful crop to bring prosperity for the coming year.
Religiously this time of the year is when Sikhs celebrate the birth of there religion. Devotee’s will take offering of food and gift to the Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) early in the morning and then sit in the Darbar Sahib (Prayer hall). After the morning prayers they will enjoy a communal meal called Langar; this is to signify unity and equality amongst the followers of the Sikh faith. Langar is available to anyone from any background or any faith at any Gurdwara in the world.