Guru Nanak Jayanti is the sacred day of birth date of the supreme Guru of Sikhs, Guru Nanak.
It is also known as Gurpurab as all the birthdays of Sikh Gurus are called Gurpurab. It is the most spiritual and sacred festival of the Sikh community as Guru Nanak Dev is the first and founder of Sikh religion. He was born in 1469 in Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi in the present Shekhupura District ofPakistan, now Nankana Sahib.
Time to Celebrate:
Guru Nanak Jayanti is held on the full moon day of Kartik month (November)
On the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti special programmes are organized to honor the first Guru of Sikhs. Devotees keep tehmselves busy in performing devotional keertans, large processions and prayers. Houses and Gurudwaras are decorated and lit up to add to the festivities. On the festival day, a large procession takes place from early in the morning and goes forward from all the major areas with singing hymns and devotional songs.The celebration also includes the three-day Akhand path, during which the holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib is read continuously, from beginning to end without a break. On the day of the festival, the Guru Granth Sahib is also carried in a procession on a float, decorated with flowers, throughout the village or city. Five armed guards, who represent the Panj Pyaras, head the procession carrying the Nishan Sahib (the Sikh flag). Local bands playing religious music form a special part of the procession. Whether small or big, men and women take active participation in Karseva which is a service offered during the Langar. Guru ka Langar observed as cooking and distributing the food among the devotees as a Prasad of Guru.
Guru Nanak Dev was a great saint and a prophet of peace, love, truth and renaissance. His teachings and universal messages are still true and active yet which are followed firmly by Sikhs all over the world.